AT MELBOURNE PREGNANCY AND PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPY we treat and manage a variety of pregnancy related pelvic floor and musculoskeletal conditions.
Book an appointment to see us regarding your concerns and read on below for more information.
PElvic floor check-up and return to exercise
Did you know that there is strong research evidence to suggest that supervised pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy can prevent urinary leakage after birth? Want to know how to exercise safely throughout pregnancy and get back into it once the baby is born? We're glad you found us! We offer pre and postnatal pelvic floor assessment and exercise prescription and advice right throughout the perinatal period.
LOW BACK PAIN
Are you experiencing pain in the lower back or buttocks? It is a common misconception in pregnancy that back pain is normal and nothing can be done to help it. However, there is lots that can be done to both prevent and improve your pain.
abdominal muscle separation
An abdominal muscle separation is the separation of the long muscles of the abdomen which can occur during pregnancy any time from the first trimester. You will not likely notice a separation until later in your pregnancy or even after delivery. This condition is also commonly know as 'Rectus Diastasis' or DRAM.
Pelvic girdle pain occurs in about 25% of women during pregnancy and may continue or develop after pregnancy. Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy is not normal and a lot can be done to help you. The underlying cause can vary between women and thus treatment must be tailored to the individual. Assessment by an experienced Women’s Health Physiotherapist is a must.
bladder and bowel conditions
Did you know that more than 30% of women who have ever had a baby will experience incontinence, or leakage of urine at some stage in their life? This can be an extremely distressing and embarrassing condition but the good news is that a pelvic floor physiotherapist can help.
MASTITIS OR BLOCKED DUCTS
Mastitis is usually the result of a blocked milk duct that hasn't cleared. Some of the milk banked up behind the blocked duct can be forced into nearby breast tissue, causing the tissue to become inflamed. The inflammation is called mastitis. Infection may or may not be present.
NECK, MID BACK AND RIB PAIN
Neck, upper back pain and rib pain are also commonly experienced during pregnancy due to changes in posture, body shape and hormones. These symptoms an also present in the post-partum period with the additional demands on the body that come with caring for a newborn. Although common, these symptoms are not 'normal' and we are here to help you.
pelvic organ prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is the descent of one or more of the pelvic organ (bladder, uterus or bowel) into the vagina. Prolapse sufferers may experience a heavy, dragging sensation or a bulge protruding from the vagina. This condition can also be very distressing and uncomfortable. Pelvic floor retraining under the guidance of a physiotherapist can help.
Some women recovery quickly from their delivery, others find that they have quite significant discomfort and changes in function afterwards. This might especially be the case if you underwent an instrumental delivery (vacuum or forceps), had an episiotomy or significant perineal tearing. Our experienced pelvic floor physiotherapists are here to guide your recovery.