- Pregnancy-related back pain
- Pelvic girdle pain: Sacro-iliac Joint (SIJ) pain, Pubic Symphysis pain
- Hip pain
- Postural pain especially neck and upper back
- Carpal Tunnel & DeQuervains (wrist / thumb / hand pain, swelling, pins and needles)
- Rectus Abdominus Diastasis - abdominal muscle separation can occur at any stage during pregnancy
- Pelvic Floor exercises
- Real Time Ultrasound Assessment of Pelvic Floor & Abdominals - 1 in 2 women are not contracting correctly!
- Fittings for the purchase of SRC Pregnancy Shorts/Leggings (ideal for pelvic girdle pain, pelvic heaviness, leg swelling, varicose veins) & SRC Recovery Shorts (for pelvic floor and abdominal separation postnatally)
- TENS machine hire for Labour (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation)
- Physiotherapy Postnatal Assessment is the gold standard pelvic floor & abdominal assessment for all women. This is very different to the appointment you have at 6 weeks with your obstetrician or GP - they will assess you and your baby's medical health; our Physiotherapist's role is to assess how your pelvic floor has changed after pregnancy (did you know that the same amount of women have incontinence 12 mths after birth, regardless of whether they delivered their bub vaginally or via c-section! Just being pregnant is a risk factor). Your postnatal check-up can be done at any time, from as early as 6 weeks postnatally, and will include some or all of the following:
- Real Time Ultrasound assessment of Pelvic Floor muscles & rehab exercises
- Assessment & management of Rectus Abdominus Diastasis (abdominal separation)
- Management of prolapse, incontinence, pelvic pain - see Continence & Women's Health Physiotherapy
- Advice regarding the safest and most effective exercise for re-gaining fitness and/or weight loss
- Postural recovery - it's time to return to non-pregnant postures to ensure optimum muscle recovery and reduce back and neck pain
- Our Physiotherapists can also provide information or measurement for SRC Recovery Shorts (These can be worn within days of giving birth!) and can be measured anytime from 36 weeks pregnant until after bub is born.
Other common postnatal conditions:
- Postural pain: neck, shoulder, back, hips - your body is adapting to the physical demands of motherhood, all whilst trying to recover from your pregnancy. Postnatal postures (lifting/carrying/holding Bub and feeding) can all be causes of pain and discomfort. Our physios will help relieve your pain and provide longterm solutions to help your body cope with motherhood.
- Wrist / hand pain: we can diagnose your specific condition and provide the best management. New mums are prone to a number of wrist conditions including DeQuervains & Carpal Tunnel. Early diagnosis results in early resolution - delaying treatment often increases your recovery time.
Breastfeeding & Physiotherapy
- LASER to heal cracked nipples. Our Physiotherapists have additional training and WA Radiological licenses to treat nipple damage with Laser to promote faster tissue healing.
- Ultrasound for blocked milk ducts (pre/post mastitis). Ultrasound treatment unblocks ducts (ideal to clear lumps PRIOR to getting an infection (mastitis), or 24hrs after commencing antibiotics if Mastitis has already been diagnosed.
- More Information about Physio & breastfeeding - essential reading prior to making an appointment.
The first 6 weeks
after birth are a time for recovery, but there are some important exercises you can safely start working on:
From 6 weeks
- pelvic floor exercises 3 times per day. 10 x 10 seconds hold, 10 seconds rest. Then aim for 5 shorter ‘lift and relax’ contractions
- light walking for 10-15 minutes each day (from approximately week 1-2) is ideal to get yourself and baby out of the house in the first 6 weeks. By 6 weeks you may have the confidence to be walking for 30-40mins. Use your body and how you feel as a guide, this is a time for recovery, don't push yourself too much.
When can I run / play netball / do bootcamps again?!?
- Improve your fitness: Mint's exclusive 'Mums and Bubs' cardio sessions will help you start getting up a sweat in a safe and effective manner - these 30 min High Intensity Interval Training sessions are pelvic floor friendly (low impact, but high intensity) and designed to improve your fitness and get you burning calories.. FAST!
- Tone-Up: see Mums & Bubs Pilates below
- Rehab your 'core' (pelvic floor and abdominals): see Mums & Bubs Pilates below or visit or Clinical pilates page for more availability for times when you can come whilst bub is being cared for by someone else.
This is one of the most common question Physio's get from pregnant women - the answer is when your
body is ready! When your pelvic floor is strong enough, when your abdominal separation has improved, when your body has sufficiently recovered (potentially from major abdominal surgery), when your pelvis and joints are no longer problematic due to relaxin - basically, when your Continence & Women's Health physio gives you the nod! As a guideline, this may be around 3 mths after a vaginal birth and 4 mths after C-section. It's important to realise that returning to high impact exercise too soon can do long term damage Eg many women who do not get assessed by a physiotherapist from 6 weeks postnatally may not know they have a mild prolapse.. high impact exercise can make this worse! To avoid these sorts of problems, see our Continence and Women's Health Physio from 6 weeks after Bub is born. And remember, with expert instruction at Mint, you can still work really hard without doing any damage to your recovering body.
Pilates is an excellent way to rehab and tone-up your postnatal body.
- restore your 'core' (pelvic floor and abdominal separation)
- tone-up your whole body - increasing strength, building lean muscle and boosting your metabolism!
- return your posture to it's pre-pregnancy state
- instructed by our expert Continence & Women's Health Physiotherapist - exercises are pelvic floor safe and appropriate for your level of recovery
- bring bub to rest in their pram or relax on a mat whilst mum works out nearby
- Private health fund rebates apply
Why Mint Clinical Pilates?
- comprehensive physio assessment (from 6 weeks postnatal)
- individualised rehab to promote postnatal recovery - maximum 3 women per session
- for all information incl times and prices visit our Clinical Pilates info page