After child birth, the pelvic muscles will always become weak because of the strains associated with pregnancy and child birth. Also, the strain associated with child birth can lead to incontinence making it difficult to contain and retain urine. When this happens, it is important to seek services from a competent physiotherapist. This article looks at how physiotherapy can help the mother after pregnancy.
First, it is important to note that physiotherapists will teach and give the patients exercises that are meant to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. They also use Pilates based exercises meant to help reduce further muscle weakening that occurs after childbirth.
Sciatica is another problem experienced by women during pregnancy. The strain and continuous pressure can lead to backache, numbness, tingling and weakness in the legs and other areas. When this happens, physiotherapists must be engaged so that they give the manual therapy that can help relieve the symptoms.
Carpel tunnel syndrome
This is a condition that causes build up of excessive fluid that results in the swelling of the carpal tunnel. When this happens, the expectant mother may experience a myriad of symptoms such as loss of co-ordination in the hands and fingers. A physiotherapist may be consulted so that they can give strengthening and stretching exercises along with soft tissue techniques designed to help reduce the symptoms. In some cases, the mother may be required to wear a wrist brace during specific activities to help minimize inflammation.
It is important to note that gentle physiotherapy exercises must be started two days after the baby has been born. However, the doctor must be consulted before such an action is taken. If the child is delivered in a hospital, the physiotherapists will offer their services before the mother is discharged.
After the discharge, the physiotherapists will advise the mother to continue with exercises such as short walks. They may be required to increase the time, distance and the speed as time goes by. This should be done within the mothers comfort zone. The physiotherapist may recommend exercises such as swimming but this should only be started after the mother has fully recovered. If the mother experiences any pain or discomfort, it is recommended that the exercises be discontinued.
Here Are The Steps Recommended By Physiotherapists
Low back pain- if the mother is experiencing low back pain, physiotherapy techniques such as mobilization, stretching, soft tissue techniques and hydrotherapy are crucial and can help relieve post-natal backache.
Physiotherapists recommend that such mothers should engage in Pilates based exercises to help solve the problem.
Diastasis – women who have undergone multiple pregnancies may suffer from this problem. Such women require an experienced physiotherapist to give them exercises that can help strengthen the abdominal muscles.
This article was a guest post from Earlsfield Physiotherapist Steve Hines.