G4 provides a bespoke post-natal physiotherapy service which is a specialist assessment recommended for all women following child delivery. We recommended that post-natal women attend our Didsbury clinic for an assessment at around the 6 week stage after child birth. However, the service is also very useful and highly recommended for all post-natal women even those who delivered months or years ago.
Our ‘post-natal’ team provide an assessment to look at posture, breathing, abdominal muscle control and pelvic floor function. The aim of the assessment and subsequent intervention will assist clients in returning to full function and prevent any long term health complaints related to childbirth.
The full assessment (1-hour) is very in-depth and will cover all issues related to pregnancy and childbirth. Clients may have no symptoms in the first few weeks after childbirth but others may develop symptoms such as incontinence, back pain, abdominal weakness and pain with intercourse. The assessment will identify all common problem areas and will allow our team to guide clients through a rehabilitation program designed to restore good health and normal core function.
Some of the main areas of the assessment that we deem appropriate in post-natal women are outlined below along with the importance of providing effective after-care following delivery:
- Postural Assessment - Pregnancy can have a significant effect on posture and the assessment will highlight issues such as weak or tight muscles that may be a contributing factor to the development of poor posture.
- Breathing Assessment - Many women following childbirth will have an altered and dysfunctional breathing pattern in which it is important to regain control of as quickly as possible. A more efficient breathing pattern will allow the core to be more effective, internal body organ functions will remain healthy and posture will also improve.
- Abdominal Check - Separation of the abdominal muscles or Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) is very common following pregnancy and childbirth leading to chronic weakness of the abdominal corset. Core stability training is important to restore full strength and stability.
- Pelvic Floor Muscle Assessment - Post-natal women are at risk of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction following childbirth due to the hormonal effects of pregnancy and the weight of the baby sitting on your pelvic floor leading to weakness and dysfunction. Weakness of core muscles (such as your abdominals) increases the risk of symptoms such as incontinence and vaginal prolapse.
The overall assessment is designed to identify problem areas that clients may need to work on in order to restore and regain normal function and activity. Following the assessment and discussion of the findings, an effective plan of action will be advised involving an educational and rehabilitation programme.
If you would like to book an appointment at our Manchester clinic, please feel free to contact the clinic on 0161 445 5133 or book online.