Pregnancy and role of physiotherapy : The physiotherapy changes to a women’s body as related to pregnancy are multiple. The centre of mass changes, there is more pressure on the organs, and there is increased weight to be carried.
All of this in a relatively short span of time often leads to back pain, pelvic pain and urinary incontinence.
In fact, over two thirds of pregnant women experience back pain, one fifth experience pelvic pain and over 40% experience urinary incontinence in their first pregnancy – with half remaining incontinent at 8 weeks post-partum, and one third experiencing a new onset of incontinence after childbirth.
It within the scope of practice of a physiotherapist to properly assess, treat and educate pregnant women in effective and safe exercises that have shown to decrease back pain, pelvic pain and urinary incontinence -throughout their pregnancy and post-partum. New Hope physiotherapy clinic in Brampton delivered program for pregnant women would include:
Screen patients to ensure they could safely participate in an exercise program
Assess patients for posture, strength, flexibility, balance as well as any musculoskeletal issues that could have a bearing on pregnancy
Instruct patients on how to perform exercises safely and effectively
Utilize an individualized approach – even in a group setting
Enable group discussion and education regarding pre and post natal issues.
Also the goal of such a program would be to offer women improved prenatal fitness – that would lead to a healthier and easier pregnancy and delivery.
Physiotherapy in Malton program would also offer an integrated approach to health care-and share detailed assessment findings with the participant’s primary and pregnancy health care providers.
As well as, for women who experiencing a high risk pregnancy, private sessions should arranged with strict observation of the health care provider’s restrictions with a focus on maintaining the pelvic floor and alleviating pain.
So, pregnancy can significantly affect your overall daily functioning. Before and after delivery, a woman’s body undergoes tremendous physical and hormonal changes.
Discomfort associated with expecting a baby, such as back pain, pelvic girdle pain, rib pain and urinary incontinence can be overwhelming at times, and for a long time women have simply accepted this as a normal part of the pregnancy process.