Women's Health Physiotherapy: Pregnancy and Post-childbirth


Ashraf Hameeda T
Women’s Health Physiotherapy: Pregnancy and Post-childbirth

Women’s health physiotherapy focuses on the treatment of pelvic floor disorders, covering a range of musculoskeletal issues around the pelvic region.

While we saw about how hypotonic (weak) and hypertonic (tight) pelvic floor muscles can be corrected through women’s health physiotherapy, we will now look into the pelvic region problems arising during pregnancy and post-child birth.

Common problems women face during pregnancy and post-natal period are

  1. Back pain, Neck pain, Pelvic pain
  2. DRAM – abdominal muscle separation
  3. Pain in ribs, coccyx and wrist
  4. Incontinence, Urgency To Urinate
  5. Disturbing bowel movements
  6. Uncomfortableness in and round Pelvic area
  7. Getting back to shape
  8. Returning to exercise and/or sport

During Pregnancy:

The most pregnant women experience hormonal changes which can result in pelvic girdle pain and urinary incontinence, leading to weight gain of the baby and uterus.

This unnatural gain of weight of the uterus may apply pressure on your bladders making them helpless to store enough of your excrete urging you to use the toilet immediately.

Women’s health physiotherapists assess your health and body conditions, put you on right exercise regime. Regular stretching of correct muscles for a period of time can largely relieve you from such problems during pregnancy. They also work on back pains, hip pains and to strengthen supporting muscles around the pelvis.

  1. Manual therapy treatments
  2. Pilates based pelvic muscle stability exercises
  3. Consultations on sleeping positions, changes in the way you move.
  4. Exercises for back, hip and pelvis
During Post-childbirth Period:

The weeks that immediately follow after childbirth can give as much as problems post-naturally also. There could be tears, nerve injuries and pelvic floor pain. Also, women who undergo a c - section can experience back pain as well.

Apart from these, it is important to take care not to put on weight after childbirth. Getting back to a great shape can be a concern as well.

The assessment normally is done after 6 weeks if it is a vaginal delivery and 8 weeks if it is a c –section.

  1. Manual therapy
  2. Connective tissue release exercises for back, abdomen and hip
  3. Expert instructors to access and determine exercise plan
  4. Treatment for back pain, hip pain
  5. Exercises to relax pelvic floor muscles
The therapeutic treatment can vary from person to person, hence, the elaborate assessment is done after getting a lot of details on the patient’s physical and mental condition. By developing a personalized exercise and treatment plan that women’s health physiotherapy offers, most women can get relief from inexplicable pains during pregnancy and after childbirth.



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