POST NATAL PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSESSMENT
At Sports Focus Physiotherapy, we like to see you at 2 weeks post -natal and at 6 weeks after your Check-up with your doctor.
An appointment with our Women’s Health Physiotherapists will include some or all of the following:
- Information from you about your labour and early recovery
- Breast examination and discussion about breast feeding etc.
- Education of breast, understanding early symptoms of a blocked duct and mastitis. Physiotherapy can help this.
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) assessment
The abdominal muscles are significantly stretched in pregnancy to accommodate your growing baby. In some patients, this can cause a gap or ‘’diastasis’. Measurement of the width and depth of this can then guide a structured exercise/binder program
Examination of your ‘C’ scar involves looking at the skin closure and scar mobility. Most scars will need some careful movement to stop them becoming ‘stuck’ to the underlying muscles and fascia.
Pelvic Floor Muscle (PFM) Assessment
Your pelvic floor muscles play a major role in continence, pelvic stability and sexual function and these vital muscles are impacted through pregnancy and delivery. We can do an internal examination to assess the strength and endurance of your PFM. Caesarean delivery may also lead to some PFM issues.
A prolapse occurs when the organs inside your pelvis bulge or drop into the vaginal space. Many women experience a mild prolapse as a result of a vaginal delivery especially with a prolonged pushing phase and/or instrumental delivery. In the early weeks /months following your birth you need guidance on how to protect, support and strengthen your PFM. We can assess and identify any issues and determine if you are at risk of a prolapse occurring in the future. Progressive exercise prescription 1:1 is the ideal way to help you
Postural and Pelvic/Lumbar Spine Assessment
Posture both before and after your pregnancy has undergone significant changes and it is vital that you strengthen and look after your whole back posture. Some women develop mid and/or lower back problems, and these are often a direct result of constant lifting, holding and carrying your baby. Assessment of your spine and pelvic joints will help to identify where you need to strengthen.
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A full pelvic assessment will require 1 hour.
Assessment of your abdominal separation will require a 30-minute consultation.