Between 9 months of pregnancy with loosening joints, additional weight and strain on the core and the process of giving birth, having children does place a lot of strain on women's bodies. Here are some ways that specialist physiotherapists can work with women after giving birth to reduce physical discomfort:
Many women develop shoulder and neck pain from the process of nursing their baby through the early days of frequent feeding. Specialist physiotherapy can help by giving some advice on optimising the current nursing position, helping and suggesting aids such as cushions or pillows and stretching and massaging treatment to relieve discomfort.
By advising on nursing position they can also help the mother to heal from cracked nipples and swollen/blocked ducts by helping the baby to feed more effectively.
Kegels and strengthening of the pelvic floor
The pelvic floor is often quite weak after the additional pressure of the baby, followed by the process of giving birth. If left untreated a weak pelvic floor can lead to bladder leakage during activity such as laughing, coughing or running which can be extremely embarrassing for the new mother. In the worst cases swollen and uncomfortable pelvic area can also limit the ability of the new mother to sit comfortably and rest, which is an important ingredient in healing.
The physiotherapist can use a number of techniques including massage, exercises and therapeutic ultrasound to help speed any healing still required (from tearing or stitches) and build muscle tone in the area.
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
SPD is a painful condition, resulting in a sharp pain in the front of the pelvic bone. It is very common during pregnancy and whilst many women find immediate comfort after giving birth other find remaining pain and discomfort, which now affects their ability to care for their child.
Specialist physiotherapy can help to relieve the pain associated with SPD, as well as suggesting aids suggest as support belts to help the mother through this treatment period. The physiotherapist can also assess whether the mother needs medication, or other aids such as elbow crutches as well as advising on an exercise regime that can help strengthen the surrounding areas.
Physiotherapists who specialise in postnatal treatments can be a great resource for new mothers. Due to their experience in dealing with physical issues of this sort they can broach the most personal of discomfort tactfully, creating a nurturing environment to help support the mother back to her full range of movement.
To learn more, contact a company like Physiotherapy Sports & Rehab Clinic with any questions you have.