Here are some of the most useful pieces of equipment to help you with your pregnancy or postnatal home program. Your program is specific to you and your particular needs and will be given to you during your session with Maternity Physio. This equipment may not be appropriate for you and everyone is different. It may make your condition worse by using the wrong piece of equipment so only purchase what has been recommended for you by Maternity Physio or appropriate health practitioner. This list is by no means definitive, just what I found I was recommending for clients to find themselves. You are welcome to click on them or shop around for alternatives.
Pelvic Support Belt After your physiotherapy assessment, a pelvic support belt may be recommended. Usually, only effective when your pelvis is in the right alignment (from manual therapy and self-adjustment techniques) first. Only to be worn for standing and walking. Loosen or take off when sitting.
Resistance Loop Red=medium, Green=Heavy Great for Pelvic strengthening, especially the Gluteals. Best to start off with the medium resistance.
Small Inflatable Pilates Ball 7inch diameter. Good for squeezing gently between your knees in sitting or lying down. Helps to strengthen the front of the pelvis. Also helps you to connect with your core breath and pelvic floor/deep abdominals. All of that for a reasonable price!
65cm Birthing/gym ball Your new best friend, especially during the last few months of pregnancy. Its great to sit on instead of slouching on the sofa- good for pelvic and back pain, uses your core muscles and may help to achieve an optimum head down delivery position for baby . There are also lots of exercise you can do with it- given to you during your session, under the guidance of your physio
Foam Roller Pleasure meets pain…You may be recommended a foam roller to release those troublesome tight areas. You will wonder how you ever managed without it!
Resistance Band with handles Another cost effective piece of kit which can add some resistance training to your program – to build strength
Pelvic floor Exerciser with electrical stimulation This little machine is designed to give your pelvic floor an extra boost whilst doing your regular pelvic floor exercises. The stimulation causes the pelvic floor to contract strongly thus helping to build strength each time. Good for particularly weak pelvic floors and prolapse. You will need to have your assessment first to see if this treatment is useful for you.
Elvie Pelvic floor exerciser For all you techies out there. This device connects to your smartphone via an app and bluetooth. It measures your squeeze and guides you through a strengthening program on your smartphone screen.