As a Chartered Physiotherapist, I can help RESTORE you from your aches and pains related to pregnancy both during or after birth. I use manual therapy, exercise, soft tissue, taping and acupuncture treatments. Common issues include Back pain, aches Pelvis and Tailbone, upper body tension and post baby Tummy gap (Diastasis). Come to our Clinic or we can visit you.
Experiencing ache or pain during your pregnancy or since childbirth? Are you a mum in need of some assistance with your Pelvic floor, back, posture, pelvis or neck?
We offer Private assessment in your home (£85-90) or our clinic (£70)
Call, email or message us to book an appointment.
Physio Appt & Follow up
Physiotherapy can be helpful in relieving pregnancy related back and pelvic girdle pain by educating on movement strategies, core and pelvic floor training, exercise and support devices for example taping techniques and sacroiliac support belts.
Physiotherapy can also be helpful with improving a Diastasis recti (tummy gap) see separate section . We also can offer advice for ladies wishing to return to sport after pregnancy and ensure their bodies have recovered enough to return to specific exercises.
Did you know…
Up to 75% of women suffer from urinary incontinence during pregnancy
45% of Mother’s will still have urinary incontinence 7 years postnatally
Over 75% of women who report urinary incontinence 3 months after birth were still incontinent 12 years later
Labour Preparation Session
New Mum Homevisit
Postnatal Health MOT
A health MOT is a physiotherapy postnatal assessment of how your body is functioning and adapting to the changes and different stresses placed on it by pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.
Before the Assessment I will ask you to complete a basic screening to let me know if you have any other medical history , what medication you are on how many pregnancies you have had and the method of delivery and your main concerns that have led you to seek help.
Some women have a health MOT because they have concerns about continence, tummy muscle separation ( diastasis recti) prolapse or pelvic pain, others because they want guided return to exercise and fitness and some women believe that after the challenge their body has been through , then a thorough check up should be a routine part of the restorative process.
A health MOT lasts about an hour, initally I take a comprehensive birth history, and then although there are standard parts of the assessment we can focus on your main concerns. Included in the check is postural and functional movement assessment, diastasis check and pelvic floor examination.
I will then feed the findings back to you both verbally and in written form and give you advice and exercises tailored to those findings.
Do I Need one?
If you have had a baby whether that was a vaginal or c-section delivery your body has spent the best part of a year adapting and changing. I believe every woman would benefit from a health Mot after having a baby whether that was just 6 weeks ago or even several years.
How will it help?
If you know where you are today, you can prepare for change and begin to move on.
When Can I have one?
Any time from 6 weeks is appropriate, your body needs some time to heal.
Have I left it too late to have a health MOT?
No, it is never too late, once postnatal, always postnatal I have seen women years after their last baby was born and we have still been able to make positive changes.
Where are they carried out?
I carry out health MOTs in my therapy rooms SW16 £75, for a surcharge there is also the option to have a home visit, depending on distance £90.
Do I have to get undressed?
Yes, in order to fully assess your posture and movement you will need to undress to underwear/shorts and bra. For the internal vaginal examination is required, you will be asked to fully undress your lower half.
Pelvic Floor Rehab
One in three women suffer from urinary incontinence. Whilst this condition is common it is not normal. Many women often wait years before seeking help and low self esteem, embarrassment and helplessness are commonly reported (Sinclair & Ramsay 2011). Many women withdraw from physical and social activities as a result.
What is urinary incontinence ?
The unintentional passing of urine – there are several different types of incontinence.
Stress Urinary incontinence (SUI)
This is when urine leakage is associated with physical exertion or effort for example coughing, sneezing, jumping, running, playing sport.
Urge incontinence (UI)
This is when urine leakage is associated with an urgent urge to go to the toilet which is often triggered by seeing the toilet, running a tap or turning the key in the door. Urge incontinence often occurs with frequency (known as overactive bladder, OAB) and nocturia (the interruption of sleep one or more times because of the need to urinate).
Mixed urinary incontinence (MUI)
This is symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence.
Physiotherapy is considered an effective first line treatment for these problems (NICE 2013).
What causes urinary incontinence and how can I improve symptoms?
Often urinary dysfunction can be due to the pelvic floor muscles becoming weak, too tight or being poorly controlled. It’s not just a case of strengthening these muscles, assessment of the pelvic floor allows a clinician to assess the strength, endurance and relaxation and ensure a good technique is taught.
The pelvic floor muscles work very closely with deep abdominal muscles and understanding this interaction is important for improving pelvic floor function.
Physiotherapists can help you with finding strategies to manage symptoms, educate on toilet habits and discuss hydration and bladder irritants.
Please don’t suffer in silence Physiotherapy really does work to improve symptoms of urinary incontinence.
Did you know…
Women wait 6.5 years before seeing a healthcare professional for bladder control problems
Pelvic floor exercises are more effective
when supported by a physiotherapist
Only 1 in 5 affected women seek help for incontinence issues.
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis "tummy gap"
Diastasis Rectus is an excessive prolonged widening and thinning of the midline connective tissue (linea alba).
DRA is often experienced by women during and after pregnancy. Whilst it is normal to experience some degree of separation it should generally resolve naturally postnatally. In approximately 1/3 of women the excessive and prolonged widening can continue and impact abdominal wall function and appearance.
The current research is sparse however many women respond well to individualised rehabilitation and physiotherapists have an important role to play in diagnosis, education and management of DRA.
Rehabilitation of DRA requires a specialist and individualised programme depending on an individuals presentation and specific goals.