Why new Mums should see a Women’s Health Physiotherapist

June 19, 2014 | By More

Why New Mums need Women's Health Physiotherapy

Why New Mums need Women’s Health Physiotherapy

By Women’s Health Physiotherapist – Julianne Woodcock 

Pregnancy and child birth are wonderful things! However it can put enormous stresses and strains on a woman’s body.


One major field of specialisation within physiotherapy is that of Women’s Health. A Women’s Health Physiotherapist is dedicated to dealing with issues arising around pregnancy, childbirth, painful sexual intercourse, pelvic pain, low back pain, incontinence, the menopause, the female athlete and much more. A Women’s Health Physiotherapist has expert knowledge about how you can regain a pain-free, problem free, quality of life after having your baby. She works with women during their pregnancies to help them stay pain-free, fit and strong.


Unfortunately, many pregnant women or new mums don’t know this specialised area of physiotherapy exists and don’t know where to go for help. In many EU countries, new mums automatically receive a number of Women’s Health Physiotherapy sessions after giving birth. This provides them with the essential physical support they need during pregnancy and after having their baby. It is vital that we raise awareness on this topic so that women receive the appropriate healthcare they need.


So why do new mums need Physiotherapy?



During pregnancy and childbirth the pelvic floor goes through a lot! Unfortunately this can sometimes lead to leaking and incontinence. Women’s Health Physiotherapists treat incontinence, and treat the pelvic floor. You should seek Women’s Health Physiotherapy for a weak or damaged pelvic floor.


Low back pain

Low Back Pain is a common complaint during pregnancy and with new mums. Physiotherapists are experts in evaluating, diagnosing and helping you manage your pain. However a Women’s Health Physiotherapist has the expertise and familiarity with the specific types of pain and problems that occur during and after pregnancy. Manual therapy, therapeutic exercise prescription, Clinical Pilates classes and postural education are all ways a Women’s Health Physiotherapist can help reduce pain and restore you to full function.


Prevent Scar Tissue Adhesions and Pelvic Pain

After a C-section, it is vital that a new mum learns the correct management of her abdominal scar. If left to heal on their own, incision sites can lead to permanent pain. Similarly after an episiotomy or a tear with stitches, it is so important to look after these scars. Lack of attention to these areas can lead to tension, lumpy scars, painful sexual intercourse, pelvic pain and again can cause long term pain at the incision site. The key message is: Don’t wait, seek help. There are successful treatment solutions available to you.


Wellness and Fitness during pregnancy and beyond

After childbirth a Women’s Health Physiotherapist can help, get you safely back to the things that you love. Whether you are a marathon runner, cyclist, walker, gardener, or you are keen to plan your next pregnancy, she can facilitate a healthy strong recovery. A Women’s Health Physiotherapist can create a personalised treatment plan to fit your needs.


If you are suffering from back pain, pelvic pain, painful sexual intercourse, incontinence, weakness, pelvic floor damage, seek help. Don’t suffer in silence. There are successful treatment options. Find a Women’s Health Physiotherapist to discuss your issues with.


At Evidence-Based Therapy Centre our Women’s Health Physiotherapist – Julianne Woodcock deals with these issues. Julianne also runs both Ante and Post-Natal Clinical Pilates Classes, keeping you fit and strong through pregnancy and beyond. Don’t ignore the problems, seek help and get them under control. Call the clinic today on 091 727777 to book on appointment or get in touch via the contact page.

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