Pregnancy & Postnatal

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Do you have pain in your back, buttock or hip?
Is pain making it hard for you to walk?
Does it hurt when you roll over in bed or get dressed?

Pelvic Girdle Pain usually begins during pregnancy but may 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, pelvic joint and hip pain in pregnancy can range from annoying to debilitating and have a huge impact on your life. Pelvic Girdle Pain can affect your ability to enjoy your pregnancy, care for your family, work, exercise and take pleasure in social activities.

Pelvic Girdle Pain in pregnancy is common but it’s not normal and you don’t have to put up with it. In most cases physiotherapy can relieve pain and help you manage the symptoms so you can enjoy this exciting time of your life as much as possible.

Common Symptoms:

    Pain at the front or back of the pelvis
    Pain in the lower back, buttock, groin or hips
    Pain  when you walk
    Pain when you sit or stand & when getting in and out of the car
    Pain  when you get dressed
    Pain when rolling over  in bed
    Increased pain with more activity

Possible Causes Of Pelvic Girdle Pain:

    Pregnancy & childbirth
    Hormonal changes (ie relaxin)
    Postural changes
    Poor muscular control & support of the pelvic joints

How We Can Help:

Although there is no cure for Pelvic Girdle Pain in pregnancy, specific physiotherapy can relieve your pain, help you manage your symptoms, prevent it from getting worse and assist in a quicker recovery after birth.  At Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy we specialise in providing a personalised pelvic health program exclusively for you.

What To Expect:

    A thorough assessment to establish your goals, musculoskeletal requirements and treatment plan
    Education and advice for activity modification
    Design of a personalised abdominal, hip and pelvic floor muscle exercise program
    Soft tissue massage
    The use of a supportive belt or taping to aid stability of the pelvis
    A rehabilitation program following the birth to prevent ongoing pelvic girdle pain

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

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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.

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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



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