Maternity Physio and Pelvic Health

Postnatal Physio

Pregnancy and then bringing a baby into the world is a major physical event for your body to go through, so it makes sense to have a Physiotherapy service dedicated to women after the event.

Physio for new mums usually begins with a postnatal MOT. This postnatal check is a must  for any woman who has been pregnant, no matter when that was.  Pelvic floor and abdominal muscles have been stretched/strained and delivery (C section or vaginal) is challenging, so a postnatal check is a good way to see where your body is at, before moving forward.

We can assess how your core system (diaphragm, pelvic floor muscles and abdominal wall) is functioning after the pregnancy. We can help you to re-train it so its working to optimum for the physical demands associated with parenthood.

This involves getting a history of your pregnancy and delivery followed by a physical check of:

  • Alignment
  • Breathing pattern
  • Tummy gap
  • Abdominal muscles
  • Pelvic Floor muscles
  • Core system function

*please note that the assessing the pelvic floor will usually involve an internal vaginal exam which is the most accurate way of checking- but only with your full consent and comfort.

Finally you will be given
  • A bespoke postnatal recovery program that suits your day-to-day needs and personal goals.
  • A safe and effective initial exercise program to address any issues identified in the physical check
  • Advice on posture, lifting, use of buggy/sling
  • Advice on how to progress your fitness in a safe and effective way.
The Postnatal MOT check will also screen for common postnatal conditions such as:
  • abdominal diastasis
  • pelvic floor dysfunction
  • urinary leaks
  • tight or painful scars
  • pelvic organ prolapse

Postnatal Physio is also great for mums who are keen to get back to running post baby-

If you are a keen runner, want to get back out there but not sure when and how, then this is for you! It is really hard to know if your body is ready for running after you have had a baby- a postnatal check can help us to make an educated decision together and have you out there doing what you love, with no bothersome issues to worry about.

You may be fresh from your delivery or your kids might be older but you have tried running again and it just doesn’t feel right (leaking, pain or other issues). You may you be back to running but would like to take it to the next level, go faster or go longer without issues. Either way, postnatal physio is perfect for this.