Pregnancy and Postnatal Physiotherapy at Vital Core Physiotherapy

At Vital Core, we specialise in pregnancy and postnatal physiotherapy. We provide tailored exercise classes to enhance well-being and mobility during this time. Our effective techniques offer relief for pelvic girdle pain.

We also treat carpal tunnel syndrome, alleviating tingling sensations in your forearms, particularly at night. Whether you desire to stay physically active or continue running while pregnant, we can develop a safe and effective exercise program for you.

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Does any of this sound familiar?

  • Persistent pain or discomfort in the pelvic region, lower back, hips, or groin, which may affect mobility and daily activities.

  • Chronic or acute pain in the lower back, often caused by postural changes, increased weight, or hormonal changes during pregnancy.

  • Leakage of urine during pregnancy, especially during activities such as coughing, sneezing, or exercising.

  • Separation of the abdominal muscles, leading to a visible bulge or gap in the midline of the abdomen.

  • Numbness, tingling, or pain in the hands and fingers, often due to fluid retention during pregnancy.

  • Edema or swelling in the legs and ankles due to fluid retention.

If you answered YES to any of the above, you may have found the answer at Vital Core Physiotherapy

About Vital Core Physiotherapy

Since 2003, Vital Core Physiotherapy has been providing comprehensive physiotherapy services for women, men, and children. We specialise in supporting recreational runners, teenage athletes, and women's health physiotherapy.

Our expertise includes pregnancy and postnatal care, bone health, pelvic floor physiotherapy for incontinence, urgency, prolapse, and post-surgical pelvic floor management.

With our well-equipped gym and modern clinical pilates studio, we offer personalised exercise programs to aid injury recovery and provide ongoing support throughout your rehabilitation journey.

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Physio Before Pregnancy

In order to limit the likelihood of physical discomfort and pain during pregnancy, it is important that a woman be physically prepared for the upcoming nine months and postnatal period.

At Vital Core Physiotherapy, we can advise and educate women on safe and effective exercise during this period as well as correct or help manage any pre-existing problems such as neck pain, back pain or pelvic pain.

We can help her become strong and capable in preparation for her journey through pregnancy.

Pregnancy Physiotherapy

Having a women's health physio in your corner during pregnancy can make a huge difference your experience. Pregnancy is a time of monumental change for a woman. Hormones, postural and muscular changes as her body grows and changes shape, increasing weight, altered circulation, not to mention stress, all make a woman’s body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. They can all play havoc on her self confidence too.

Pregnancy pain especially back and pelvic pain may come on gradually or suddenly and can leave a pregnant woman feeling very vulnerable and anxious as to how she will manage to get through the remainder of her pregnancy. The need to continue to work or care for other children can be extremely difficult and stressful to any pregnant woman but more so if she is in pain.

There are a large number of common pregnancy ‘conditions’. Being common doesn’t make them normal.

The women's health physio's at Vital Core will assess each woman, listen to her concerns, assess and diagnose any issue(s) and then work with her to form a treatment/ pain management plan to get her through pregnancy and beyond.

Common (Not Normal) Pregnancy Problems Include:

  • Back pain

  • Pelvic girdle pain (SIJ pain or pubic symphysis pain)

  • Abdominal pain

  • Buttock pain

  • Muscle cramps

  • Coccyx pain

  • Incontinence

  • Pelvic floor weakness

  • Vaginal pain

  • Mastitis or engorgement

  • Achy / painful shoulders

  • Hand / wrist tingling / numbness

  • Thumb pain

  • Swelling

  • Other musculoskeletal problems

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Pregnancy Physiotherapy at Vital Core - How We Help:

  • Decrease pain using hands on treatment and pain management techniques such as joint mobilisation and massage

  • Provide education to the woman for her to understand that she is not ‘broken’ and explain exactly what is happening and why, and just as importantly, what we (together) can do to help.

  • Give support to the woman and listen to her concerns without judgment.

  • Provide support and relief with the use of tape, special belts, and support shorts.

  • Strengthen weak pelvic floor muscles with home exercises

  • Stretch tight or gripping muscles with home exercises

  • Give exercise ‘snacks’ for relief at home/work.

  • Posture re-training.

  • Providing group pregnancy exercise classes for all stages and abilities.


Labour is often a very daunting topic for women, yet with education, it can be a very fulfilling and empowering event, with a wonderful gift at the end. Remaining in ‘control’ is key. Remaining strong throughout pregnancy will help a woman’s endurance and mental strength during labour.

The Women's health physio's at understand this extremely well and provide specific pregnancy exercise home programs. We also encourage women into our pregnancy exercise class called mummycise.

We also provide education on labour strategies.

We offer the use of T.E.N.S. (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) as a valuable tool for labor and pain management. At Vital Core, you have the option to rent T.E.N.S. units and receive proper instruction on its effective usage.

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Postnatal Physiotherapy

Postnatal physiotherapy can ease aches and pains commonly associated with caring for a young baby, as well as start the rehabilitation process following pregnancy and childbirth.
Vital Core Physiotherapy is a baby and toddler friendly in the clinic and you will usually find one (or two) of our wonderful receptionists cuddling a bubba while mum is having a treatment session.

We encourage all new mums to have a women's health physio assessment during their postnatal period (from 4-6 weeks postpartum). In these appointments, we listen to a woman's birth story providing emotional support and understanding. Together we then determine her goals for the upcoming year, what she wants to get back to and why. We screen for any pelvic floor problems and offer advice and guidance.

The women's health physio will assess her postnatal body from a functional point of view. Specifically, we assess any abdominal separation which can be a major concern for women, although in most cases is quite normal.

Once diagnosed our Vital Core women's health physios will develop a post natal physiotherapy management plan towards achieving those goals with realistic time frames.

This will include simple home exercises as well as encouragement into one of our postnatal exercise classes such as mums and bubs or MumFit.

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Postnatal Exercise

Postnatal exercise is essential to every single new mum. There are just so many benefits apart from the obvious get stronger and move better. Exercise is fabulous for our mental health and this can not be understated in the extremely challenging postnatal period. Movement also helps our body heal, so is great for C-Section scars as well as perineal trauma. of course it is extremely gentle in the early days - perhaps just a couple of simple stretches - however it can build.

Postnatal exercise must be slow and gradual with a strong focus in the early period on the pelvic floor, trunk mobility and muscle activation. There are a number of studies indicating full recovery of the pelvic floor can take a year or more, so it makes sense to progress exercises slowly.

Vital Core women's health physio's will set you up with a simple, east to follow home program based on your specific set of circumstances and your goals. They will then monitor you closely so to progress that plan until you achieve your goals. Our postnatal exercise classes are a fabulous adjunct to your home program and give a chance to regularly check in with technique as well as perform exercises using equipment that you just can't do at home.

Postnatal exercise classes are such a wonderful place for new mums.

Both the Mums and Bubs class and the Mumfit class are set up so you can bring your baby with you. if you need to stop exercising to feed or settle your baby you can do that easily.

Being a group exercise class there is plenty of opportunity to chat with other mums and ask questions, offer and receive support. It takes a village to raise a child they say - well here at Vital Core we like to believe we can be part of that village.


Mastitis is another very common condition in the early post natal period. Vital Core Physiotherapists can effectively treat this painful condition and educate woman how to self manage it and prevent its recurrence. In many cases the woman will not require antibiotics.

Pelvic floor dysfunction (pain, incontinence and weakness) are a common conditions affecting post natal woman. Vital Core Physiotherapy has a number of well trained and highly experienced Pelvic Floor physiotherapists to help a feel confident in her body and get back into the activities she loves.

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6 Reasons To Choose Vital Core Physiotherapy

  • Experienced and Highly Qualified Physiotherapists: Vital Core Physiotherapy has a team of highly experienced and highly qualified physiotherapists who have extensive practical knowledge in various areas of physiotherapy.

  • Personalized Treatment Approach: Vital Core Physiotherapy focuses on providing personalized treatment plans to ensure that you receive the most effective and targeted care.

  • Comprehensive Range of Services: Vital Core Physiotherapy offers physiotherapy management for musculoskeletal, sports, women's health and pelvic health conditions. Physiotherapy developed exercise classes include; Clinical Pilates, Strength and Conditioning, RunFit, StrongFit and TeenFit to keep the whole family strong and active.

  • Collaborative Approach: The best physio clinics often work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals including GP's and Specialists. This collaborative approach ensures comprehensive care and facilitates effective communication and referrals if needed.

  • Excellent Facilities and Equipment: The best physio clinics in Norwood, Adelaide invest in modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment to provide high-quality care.

  • Great Reputation: When choosing a physio clinic, it's helpful to consider the standing reputation in the community. Vital Core has been successfully helping the eastern Suburbs of Adelaide since 2003. We are the trusted physiotherapists of a very large number of GP's and Specialists.

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