A pregnant woman's body goes through numerous physical and hormonal changes that will impact the body. These are inclusive of: postural changes, increased laxity in the connective tissue of the pelvis, ribcage, lengthening of the abdominal muscles, descent of internal digestive organs, to name a few. Such changes can result in many different issues: most commonly are back pain, pelvic pain, vaginal/perinea! pressure, rib pain, hip pain, wrist pain, upper back/neck pain, constipation and urinary incontinence. In the past, women who experienced pelvic floor dysfunction often kept their issues private, believing their discomfort or pain was a “normal” part of childbirth. Certain issues are not normal and can be addressed, alleviated and treated. Silence does not eliminate or diminish the pain/discomfort, but pelvic health physiotherapy can.
- Postural and musculoskeletal assessment of neck, rib, low back, hip and pelvic pain.
- Pelvic floor assessment with real time ultrasound, teaching appropriate connect and relaxation cues for prevention and treatment of continence issues, prolapse and optimal birth.
- Pelvic floor relaxation, offloading and breath training for improved birth opportunity.
- Birth plan and choices, labor/delivery, and positions discussion and education.
- 4-6 week real time ultrasound assessment of pelvic floor function and abdominal wall function.
- DRA (abdominal wall separation) assessment, education and core training.
- Pelvic floor education and rehab (patient specific).
- Scar management (C section, episiotomy, tearing/stitching of the perineum).
- Treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction as a result of delivery.
- Return to exercise, running education and program development.