Pregnancy to birthing to recovery
- Obstetric Physiotherapy
- B.I.R.T.H. Program
- Women’s specific healthcare and programs
- Osteoporosis, frozen shoulder, breast cancer, the aging female body and women in sports
- Continence and exercise therapy
- Gym, Pilates, GYROTONIC(R) and Floor Classes
Birthing & Improving Recovery To Health (B.I.R.T.H. Program)
Having a baby is a period of phenomenal changes and challenges for the body. Every pregnancy and birth is different, even if you have had several children. As every woman is different in her make-up, physical capacity and ability to manage pain, we tailor the methodological approach to birth and recovery to individual needs.
Our approach to uncomplicated and natural birthing is one of empowerment. We teach
- breath control,
- body awareness
- techniques to calm the mind,
- how to manage your pain,
- isolate your awareness of the uterus contractions and
- then to allow you to work with your natural uterus movement to deliver the baby.
Antenatal assessment by Women’s Health Accredited Physiotherapists Kate Galvin and Matthew Squires
Improving your body in preparation for birth
- Pregnancy-safe exercise program
- Pregnancy specific Pilates and GYROTONIC(R) exercises
- Pelvic floor control and maintenance
- Labour pain control and breathing techniques
- Birth partner guidance
Recovery To Health after delivery
- Post-natal ultrasound-guided abdominal separation and pelvic floor evaluation and monitoring
- Rebuild your back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles
- Continence management
- Regain your body strength and agility
- Lose pregnancy body weight
Partners and supporting members play a critical role in the birthing experience, helping to manage your pain, conserve your energy and focus awareness on the uterus, and away from any fear or anxiety that can slow the birth.
Musculoskeletal complications and Birthing
Some women may have already had a negative birth experience, suffering from previous complications, a lack of confidence or body awareness, or poor abdominal and pelvic floor
This can lead to the development of back pain or sciatica leading up to the birth, or even during the birthing experience. Treatment requires the development of specific strategies to manage the pain, and supplementary forms of pain relief such as TENS, heat or ice.
Pubic Symphysitis (Osteitis Pubis)
This can be severely debilitating both before, during and after the birth, and is one of the most common causes of pain in pregnancy. Manual therapy sessions, precise exercise prescriptions and the use of supportive garments prior to birth are critical. Following birth, therapeutic adjustments may be required to speed recovery of the pelvis and to assist with regaining the ability to walk, push and step on uneven surfaces.
If you had a cesarean section or you’ve experienced an abdominal diastasis separation or incontinence, specifically tailored exercises can be helpful. Real-time ultrasound can focus your ability to learn to re-use your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. A combination of breathing exercises may also be offered, followed by a focused series of Gyrotonic® and Pilates exercises.
The aging female body
Post-menopause Osteoporosis is a real concern for women, especially for the structure of the spine and for hip joints. At Physio Gym the physiotherapists have the capacity to set an exercise program on the right equipment, for the best results for bone density and muscle strength. Programs often incorporate weight-bearing exercises for hips and knees, and specific exercises on our Gyrotonic® and Pilates equipment to prevent deterioration of the spine. We also run regular classes, such as our circuit classes, which are ideal to help you exercise with confidence, and under correct supervision.
Pelvic Floor Disorders
One in three women develop a pelvic floor urinary, prolapsed or defecation disorder. This may cause pain, reduce mobility and affect confidence. It is important to take an exercise approach to manage these issues and to be assessed by Women Health Physiotherapist before starting an exercise routine. At Physio Gym an exercise strategy can be developed to help you with these issues both at home and in a professional reconditioning environment.
Women have a greater chance of developing a condition called frozen shoulder syndrome or adhesive capsulitis as they go through menopause. If you develop shoulder pain, it’s important to start rehabilitation early to prevent the shoulder developing this disabling syndrome. Frozen shoulder at its worst can last up to two years. Symptoms often begin with pain for three months and then the shoulder slowly becomes stiff and restricted. Quick intervention in the pain phase, coupled with exercises targeting painful muscles and poor posture is important. For frozen shoulder, Physio Gym offers highly specialised Gyrotonic®, Body Blade and Pilates exercise rehabilitation equipment and classes.
Following breast cancer therapy, exercise is important for the recovery of arm and lymphatic function, and the reduction of recurrent episodes. At Physio Gym, we employ specific exercises using Gyrotonic® equipment to manage the breast and shoulder region after surgery or chemotherapy. We also help to prevent weight gain during interventional management via moderate cardiovascular exercises. After breast cancer therapy, your exercise load can be gradually increased to progressively manage and regain function of the affected breast region and arm.
Real time ultrasound