In addition to the normal aches and pains of pregnancy, did you know pregnancy increases the risk of a number of musculoskeletal concerns? Physiotherapy can help with relieving pain and discomfort, strengthening your pelvic floor muscles in preparation for birth, and more.
Is Physiotherapy Good for Pregnant Women?
Physiotherapy is beneficial for many groups of people including individuals who are pregnant! During pregnancy, you are more at risk for experiencing any of the following: carpal tunnel, de quervain’s tenosynovitis, peripheral neuropathies, plantar fasciitis, low back pain, pelvic pain, hip pain, and sacroiliac joint pain.
The great thing is, physiotherapy can help with all of the above! You may come into physiotherapy for another concern not listed above – that’s okay! From ankle sprains to shoulder pain and everything in between – we can treat it.
When Should I Start Physiotherapy During Pregnancy?
Physiotherapy in Kitchener can begin whenever you are ready. It can be used as a way of preventative measures for general mobility and strengthening. Physiotherapy can also be used as a rehabilitative tool if you notice pain, discomfort, or changes in function creeping up. Physiotherapy is safe for all trimesters.
Is Massage Safe During Pregnancy?
Absolutely! Massage is a safe and effective way to manage pain or discomfort that may be arising during your pregnancy. Your massage therapist will discuss with you what positions are safe and comfortable for you to get into during the massage.
How Can I Strengthen My Womb During Pregnancy?
Our womb is composed of 3 things: our pelvic floor, our core muscles, and our diaphragm. Our pelvic floor is a group of muscles shaped like a bowl that sits low in our pelvis. The job of these muscles is to support our organs, help maintain pressure in our abdomen, act as a sump pump to carry fluids back from our legs, support bowel and bladder function, and support sexual function.
Our core muscles wrap around our mid-section. These muscles contribute to maintaining pressure in our abdomen and keep us upright. Our diaphragm is an important muscle in breathing that sits at the bottom of our ribs. Your physiotherapist can work with you to strengthen your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. This may look like breathing exercises, bridges, squats, bird dogs, dead bugs, and much more!
NOTE: At our clinic, we do not perform pelvic floor internal assessments. Your physiotherapist will discuss with you if a referral physiotherapist that performs internal assessments is indicated.
Physiotherapy and massage therapy are great options to help your body throughout your pregnancy and after birth. Call our clinic today to see how we can help you move better.