Before I became a mother, I had no clue about women’s health physiotherapy. I was aware that they worked with athletes, with patients who need rehabilitation, and those with muscle-related issues. Although pregnant women complain a lot about back pain and other such aches especially late in their pregnancy, I had never heard of anyone turn to a physiotherapist to get relief.
Eventually, it was my postnatal issues with slight incontinence that led me to the Capital Physiotherapy in Footscray clinic. Being a first-time mom, I was not aware of the risks of having these conditions after childbirth. A referral from my doctor led me to this clinic and to the eventual resolution of this medical condition that was very embarrassing for me.
Many women are unaware of these conditions that are, in reality, quite common after giving birth. Thankfully, physiotherapists offer special services to women before, during and after pregnancy, as well as when there are problems with the bladder, bowel, and the pelvic floor muscles. They are able to promptly diagnose these conditions and help women regain their lives again through the best and most effective treatment.
Here is an overview of some of the vital services that might help other women and mothers like me.
- Pregnancy Services
This is a very exciting time in the life of a woman, but growing a little baby in the womb changes her body forever and stretches it to its limits. Moreover, the influx of hormones, plus the changes in the weight and posture due to a growing tummy will leave many women with a long list of complaints. This can include pain in the back, neck or ribs; pain in the pelvic girdle; abdominal pain; pain or numbness in the wrist; abdominal muscle weakness; and pelvic floor problems.
Such issues can be addressed by a physiotherapist so that expecting women are able to prevent or be able to manage these pregnancy-related conditions. More than that, they can enjoy better health and well-being, as well as be prepared for the upcoming labor.
- Post-natal Services
In the days and weeks after giving birth, new parents adjust to life with a newborn. It is easy to overlook oneself and focus on the little one. However, many women have weakened abdominal and pelvic floor muscles after delivery.
You may turn to a qualified physiotherapist if you are suffering from some of these conditions. First, some pain or tingling might be experienced in the thumbs or wrists; and some more aches in the neck, back, pelvis or the coccyx are normal. Also quite normal is abdominal muscle weakness, and some women report some pain due to perineal tears after vaginal delivery or even pain after a caesarian section. Breastfeeding women also report issues like breast engorgement, blocked ducts, mastitis, or postural discomfort. Lastly, there might also be pelvic floor problems.
- Pelvic Floor Services
A lot of women spend many years suffering from pelvic floor problems in silence. They are at times embarrassed to talk to their doctors about them. However, there is no need to waste so much time limiting your activities because of this issue. You may discuss your experiences in such conditions with your physiotherapist as well. You can finally find an end to these problems.
Even if you are not experiencing bad symptoms like incontinence, pelvic pain or pelvic organ prolapse, you may still benefit from a pelvic floor assessment. You may also learn more about these important muscles so that the said conditions may even be avoided in the future. If the assessment states a need for it, pelvic floor rehabilitation can be done at your physiotherapist’s office. If you are also about to undergo or have recently had any gynecological surgery, hysterectomy or other continence procedures, the physiotherapy clinic can support you in your recovery.
- Other Services for Women
Women, especially new mothers, tend to overlook the aches and pains they feel as they worry about their recovery taking time away from their families and housework. However, going to the physiotherapy clinic for exercises during pregnancy and after giving birth has so many benefits to women’s health and well-being. It also helps them avoid diabetes and osteoporosis in the future.
You may participate in Pilates exercises (both mat and small equipment) or special pregnancy Pilates classes, depending on your needs.
If I were aware of these options during my pregnancy, I would have definitely gone for it especially after experiencing the best care at my physiotherapy clinic in Footscray. There was really no need to just spend those pregnancy weeks feeling fat and aching all over, as I could’ve also made myself more active at that time.
Moreover, the support given to new mothers would have helped me recover more quickly and have more strength to face those first few weeks of motherhood. Thankfully, I was also able to get over my minor incontinence, and now I am determined to share my experiences and encourage women out there to not just suffer, and instead, head over to the nearest physiotherapist to improve your quality of life!