Don’t let anything stop you enjoy being a mum!
You’re pregnant with your first or second child, your friends are having babies and the hot topic of discussion is all about the birth process, including the scary things that might happen to your body during and after giving birth. You hear a lot about rectus diastasis, episiotomy, prolapse, pelvic girdle pain, incontinence or tears and C sections from your friends, your NCT group or midwife, but you really don’t understand what all of these terms are, there is not a lot of information out there for you and you’re concerned about what’s to come.
Rest assured we are here to help you. Women’s Health is a specific branch of Physiotherapy and Osteopathy aimed at women’s obstetrics and gynaecology problems. We can help you whether you are conceiving or pregnant, a new mum, recovering from Caesarean section or other gynaecological surgery or experiencing any other pelvic floor problems such as urinary incontinence or prolapse.
Are you struggling to conceive? You may be trying naturally or having IVF, both of which can be a long and frustrating process. We can help by offering you Nutritional Therapy, Acupuncture or Relaxing Swedish massage that can redeuce stress and create balance and harmony in your body to create the right environment for a successful conception. We can also help you find ways to overcome painful intercourse.
Are you starting to suffer lower back pain or pelvic girdle pain? You’re trying to carry on and not let your bump hinder your lifestyle. You like to exercise and do fitness classes with your friends, but as your bump gets biggers it’s slowing you down.
During pregnancy 1 in 3 women experience low back pain, and 1 in 5 experience pelvic girdle pain. The hormones that circulate during pregnancy make the spinal and pelvic ligaments lax to enable the babies head to pass through the birth canal. This can cause pelvic instability and pain in the sacroiliac joints, lower back and pubic symphasis (the front of the pelvis).
At Wandsworth Physiotherapy and Osteopathy we can help you get your pelvic girdle and low back pain under control during pregnancy. This can be achieved with spinal mobilisation, pregnancy massage, acupuncture and the safe and effective use of core stability exercises during our Pilates sessions.
We can teach you specific, targeted pelvic floor and core stability home exercises that can significantly improve the discomfort you feel whilst pregnant and give you advice on how to safely stay active up to your due date.
All my friends were fine, why am I the only one like this? None of my friends were incontinent. They have a flat tummy again. No one else has stretch marks. All my friends are having sex again apart from us. I’m the only one in our NCT group with a prolapse. My friend is exercising again so soon after her C section…
Do you feel like this during your postnatal recovery?
We guarantee you that you are not alone, we hear this all the time at Wandsworth Physiotherapy and Osteopathy in our Women’s Health Clinic. All the women we see express these and other concerns and we encourage them to talk about their symptoms and experiences with us and their friends.
Once YOU start talking about your experiences you’ll feel the weight lift from your shoulders and you’ll probably also hear some of your friends also had similar experiences but were too embarrassed to talk about their incontinence or prolapse for example. It’s normal to feel anxious about your recovery and to compare yourself to others but everyone progresses at different trajectories and we can reassure you that what you are feeling is normal and we can help guide you back to feeling better.
Once your baby has arrived and is healthy it’s normal to also want to regain your health and your figure. Don’t’ feel guilty about this. Your body has gone through a huge and stressful change and you also need some love and attention, and time for your body to heal. You also need time to look after your mental health and, sometimes, come to terms with and accept that your body may have changed forever.
We are here to help guide you back to health and help you get back to things you love doing, with and without your new bundle of joy.
We’ll fill the information void that exists and start the conversation with you about Women’s Health. You’ll have lots of questions running through your mind… Will my diastasis heal? When can I squat, do yoga or BarreCore? Can stress incontinence be treated? When can I run again? Are pessaries useful for a prolapse?…
We’ll answer all these questions as well as check your rectus diastasis and pelvic floor function to help prevent incontinence and prolapse, we’ll advise you on how to safely manage a tear or C section and we’ll give you expert advice and guidance on your journey to get your body back in shape and lose the baby weight.
Find out more about the Pre and Post Natal Women’s Health service at Wandsworth Physiotherapy and Osteopathy.
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How we can help you…
Every women needs to have a post natal Women’s Health Assessment 6 weeks after vaginal delivery. It’s extremely common to suffer pelvic floor trauma during birth and if you don’t rehabilitate these muscles after having your baby you are much more likely to suffer from a number of problems described below.
During a Women’s Health Assessment we will assess your posture, lower back and pelvic movements, your breathing patterns, your abdominals for rectus diastasis, and the function of your pelvic floor muscles – this may involve an internal assessment of your pelvic floor, but is not compulsory if you are uncomfortable with this.
After your assessment we will design a treatment and rehabilitation plan to get you back to full function.
Some of the problems you may suffer from after having your baby include:
Stress incontinence is where you leak when you cough or sneeze, lift, twist or try to get back to sports or the gym. 32% of all women in the UK experience some urinary incontinence, with 45% suffering from urinary incontinence up to seven years after giving birth. You may need to start using pads to combat this embarrassing problem, however this needn’t be the case. Assessment and rehabilitation of the pelvic floor muscle can get this problem under control.
Lower back pain
The pelvic floor muscles are intimately linked to the other spinal stabilising muscles and any dysfunction in this system can alter movement, cause joint instability and lead to pain. We will assess your pelvic and spinal movements and core stability function. We can treat areas of stiffness and dysfunction and give you individually tailored core stability home exercises.
This is where the abdominal muscles separate whilst you are pregnant. Some research shows that 100% of women have diastasis at 38 weeks. This can lead to constipation / incontinence, and instability and poor function of the spine and pelvis. Our Women’s Health Team can assess this for you and give you a safe, structured and progressive solution for your recovery.
Pelvic organ prolapse
There are different types of prolapse graded 1-4. The rectum can prolapse in to the vagina (rectocele), the bladder can prolapse into the vagina (cystocele) or the uterus can prolapse into the vagina. Up to 50% of mums who had a natural birth will suffer from a pelvic organ prolapse. A Women’s Health Assessment can identify if you have a prolapse and can give you the right treatment and exercises where appropriate or refer you to your GP.
If you have had a Caesarean section you will have a scar just above the pubic area that will cause abdominal muscle dysfunction, or if you had an episiotomy your pelvic floor muscles will not function properly. The abdominals and pelvic floor are important for spinal stabilisation and rehabilitating the pelvic floor abdominals as well as massage and using acupuncture on the C section scar may be warranted. We recommend you book a Women’s Health Assessment session 7-9 weeks after your surgery.
We will also advise you on safe and effective exercises and help you regain function post pregnancy to regain control of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
Other Post-Natal Problems
Perhaps you are getting wrist pain lifting and carrying your new born or upper back and neck pain from breast feeding.
Physiotherapy or Osteopathy including joint mobilisation, massage and strength exercises will help get these problems under control.
Brilliant all round experience. After sustaining a marathon injury during training Wandsworth Physiotherapy managed to fit me in the next day and was back up and running within 2 weeks after three 30 minute sessions. Gave me exercises to go away and do in my own time too so felt like I was making the most of their and my time too.
These guys are fantastic! Really quick to reply and they found me an appointment on the same day. I've since had regular treatments with Alessio who is excellent, and my torn IT band, shoulder and other ailments are much improved. Brilliant for both sports injuries and wellness.
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Steve was excellent. Long term/complex shoulder injury treated over a number of sessions - patient, curious and methodical. Great treatments and programme of exercises and I'm back to pain free swimming.
~ Nick Outlaw
I've been several times for several different problems and Steve has always been excellent. He listens really carefully and asks good questions to find out exactly what's wrong, and is very clear with follow-up exercises to continue the therapy at home. Highly recommend him!
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