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Pregnancy & Postnatal

Back & Neck Pain

Are you pregnant or have you recently had a baby?
Is back, neck or rib pain affecting your daily life?
Is neck or upper back pain making breastfeeding difficult?

Low back, mid back and neck pain are very common in pregnancy and can persist, or even start, after the birth of your baby. Pregnancy hormones can relax your joints, ligaments and muscles whilst the weight you gain in pregnancy can add to the problem.  Back and neck issues can be extremely painful and have a huge impact on your life at this exciting time, by limiting your ability to look after and enjoy your baby.

Whilst back and neck pain are common in pregnancy you don’t need to put up with them. Treatment can make your pregnancy more comfortable and help you enjoy your newborn baby without pain.

Common Symptoms:

    Pain in the lower back which may radiate into one or both legs
    Pain in the mid back or around your bra line, often made worse by feeding and holding your baby
    Neck and arm pain & headaches, often exacerbated by breastfeeding

Possible Causes Of Back & Neck Pain:

    Physical strains & weight gain of pregnancy
    Hormonal changes
    Postural changes
    Stretching of muscles
    Increased physical demands of feeding & caring for your baby or managing your toddler

How We Can Help:

Specific physiotherapy treatment can relieve your pain whilst the right advice and an exercise program can prevent its recurrence.  At Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy we specialise in providing a personalised management program for your back and neck pain during pregnancy and after your baby is born.

What To Expect:

    A thorough assessment of your posture and spinal joints and muscles to establish your goals and treatment plan
    Education and advice for activity modification and postural correction
    Design of a personalised abdominal, hip and pelvic floor muscle exercise program
    Manual therapy including joint mobilisation and soft tissue massage
    Corrective taping and strapping

 

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9521 0444

 

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Did You Know

Optimise Your Pelvic Health During Pregnancy & Beyond

•    At Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy we lead the way in pelvic health ensuring you can enjoy your pregnancy and the early months with your baby to the fullest
    We understand that back and pelvic joint pain can reduce your enjoyment at this exciting time
    We can help your body recover from pregnancy so you can return to pleasurable activities

Get Expert Help For Your Pelvic Muscles & Joints

    Pregnancy hormones relax your joints, ligaments and abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Your growing baby strains and stretches these structures
    Labour and birth and the demands of caring for your newborn can cause further physical problems
    Research shows that pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy and postnatally prevent bladder leakage

    The pelvic floor muscles support and control the bladder and bowel and assist sexual function and your abdominal muscles support the spine
    At Women's & Men's Health Physiotherapy we specialise in designing a personalised pregnancy and post-natal pelvic health program exclusively for you

What Is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

The pelvic floor muscles are at the base of the pelvis and attach from the pubic bone at the front to the tail bone at the back. They are like a hammock and support the bladder, uterus and bowel. They also help control the bladder and bowel and play a role in sexual function.

If the pelvic floor muscles are weak, they can contribute to poor bladder and bowel control and pelvic organ prolapse. If you are unable to relax your pelvic floor you may have problems with bladder and bowel emptying or sexual and pelvic pain.

Our specifically trained Physiotherapists will evaluate the function of your pelvic floor muscles and assess your ability to contract and relax these muscles. Pelvic floor muscle training under the guidance of a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is recognised as an effective treatment for these problems.

 

Real Time Ultrasound – A Useful Tool

We’re up to date with the latest technology which includes Real Time Ultrasound. 
This is an imaging technology that shows contraction and relaxation of deep muscles in real time and allows us to give you a more accurate assessment if required.

 

Uses Of Real Time Ultrasound

•  Your Physiotherapist may make use of ultrasound as part of your pelvic floor and abdominal assessment to ensure you’re activating and relaxing your muscles correctly

•  It may be used as a teaching tool to provide you with immediate visual feedback to improve learning and performance

•  Real Time Ultrasound can be used as a bladder scanner to assess bladder emptying

 

Our Locations

Camberwell
549 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
T: 03 8823 8300
F: 03 8823 8399
Hampton
170 Thomas St, Hampton VIC 3188
T: 03 9521 0444
F: 03 9521 0777 

Also consulting at:

Box Hill:  Epworth Eastern Hospital, Level 3, Suite 19, 1 Arnold Street
East Bentleigh: Southern Urology, 7 Chester Street
East Melbourne: Urology Consultants Victoria, Suite 102, Freemasons Hospital, 320 Victoria Parade
Malvern: Australian Urology Associates, Ground Floor, 322 Glenferrie Road
Malvern: Cabrini Mother and Baby Centre, Area E, Level 2, Cabrini Hospital, 183 Wattletree Road

If you’d like to make an appointment for one of these locations please call our Camberwell rooms on 03 8823 8300