Whether it's pelvic girdle pain during your pregnancy or a postnatal mummy check up, or you need any kind of physiotherapy for symptoms 'down below', I can help you at my clinic! I can support you with information and advice for your hormonal health also, with a specific focus on menopause.
I have specific expertise and training to treat you during your pregnancy, so whether it’s pelvic girdle pain or pelvic floor issues, you’re in good hands at Down Below Physio. I want to support you and your bump during your pregnancy with treatment, exercises and strategies that make it easier and pain-free.
Your exercise abilities are changing at this time and I can guide you through the best options for pregnancy exercise and tailor an exercise programme to your needs. It’s important to feel informed going into the birth as well, and I can advise you on everything from perineal massage to birthing positions.
So make sure to take care of yourself and bump! Get in touch to make an appointment.
PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN
Severe crippling pain is far from the glowing and vibrant expectation we have for pregnancy but it’s a common reality. Pain turning in bed, pain standing and moving, pain with every step.. Well I encourage you to take the first step towards getting yourself pain-free, moving better and enjoying your pregnancy journey again by making a consultation with me. Physiotherapy can help, so seek help early. Let me support you to support your growing baby bump!
A POSTNATAL CHECK UP
This is an ideal place to start your journey of postnatal recovery, whether it’s improving your pelvic floor function, targeting your mummy tummy or guiding your return to exercise.
I can thoroughly assess your back, pelvis, hips and shoulders, and thoroughly screen your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles to pick up any issues or areas you need to focus on. I can assess your readiness to return to exercise and set up a programme of exercise for you.
You want to look and feel yourself again? Call me to discuss how I can help you achieve that!
POSTNATAL MUMMY CHECK UP
- Have you got Diastasis Recti? Do you want to progressively strengthen your core safely?
- Have you had a C Section? Would you like to find out more about C Section scar tissue massage?
- Are you not sure if you're ready to return to exercise/work? Has your body recovered?
- Did you have a tear or episiotomy? Does this continue to cause you pain?
- Have you got heaviness and bulging? Do you know if you have a prolapse?
And it’s never too late to get a Postnatal Check. Whether it’s six weeks, six months or six years after you’ve had your baby, a Postnatal Check is always beneficial.
ABDOMINAL MUSCLES - DIASTASIS RECTI AND 'MUMMY TUMY'
Separation of the abdominal muscles commonly happens with pregnancy and one of the tell tale signs is doming or bulging at the midline of your abdomen when your system is under exertion.
C Section scars can often have areas of thickened adhesions either on the surface layer or in the deepers layers. Your C Section scar can be tender and symptomatic if there is an area that needs to be mobilised and C Section scar tissue massage is so beneficial for this.
The abdominal muscles in general need to be re-conditioned after the stretch weakness that they experience during pregnancy. It can be hard to know where to start, what to do, what’s safe.
I can help assess your abdominal muscles postnatal and guide you to strengthen and tone them effectively.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy can treat the issues you have “down below”, such as bladder or bowel dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse or pelvic pain. You can have relief and freedom from your pelvic floor symptoms, you can have control again and get back to being you!
PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is where your bladder, bowel or womb descend lower in your pelvis due to lack of support and may protrude out through the openings of your pelvis when more severe. Essentially, what’s meant to be up and on the inside drops low or pushes to the outside.
It can be an upsetting experience and the symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness or bulging. But help is available. Making sure your pelvic floor muscles are providing good support for the pelvic organs and looking at pressure management strategies (e.g. relieving constipation) and what you’re doing day to day for work and fitness really helps. I also fit a range of supports for prolapse called pessaries.
Do you wet yourself when you cough or sneeze? Do you pee when you exercise? Are you fed up rushing and dashing to the toilet and always being on the lookout for a loo? Is your bladder holding you back from living the life you want to live? Wouldn’t it be great to live your life without pads, where you don’t have to worry about embarrassing leaks. You should be in control, not your bladder! Ring me today for a consultation.
Is straining to move your bowels and constipation part of your day to day? Do you find it hard to make it to the toilet on time? Noticing stains on your underwear? Conscious of passing wind at inappropriate times like your business meeting or your coffee meet up with friends?
Colorectal physiotherapy is so effective, so make an appointment for a consultation with me to talk through the various treatment approaches to a healthy, happy bowel.
CHRONIC PELVIC PAIN
Chronic pelvic pain can leave you emotionally and mentally drained. It can affect your work, social life, exercise routine and your intimate relationship. Women in my clinic often talk of how it’s negatively affecting their sense of self and their relationship.
Down Below Physio can offer you a solution that would mean you wouldn’t just have to cope with pain, but actually move past it towards the pain-free life you want again. Contact me to discuss your pelvic pain complaint and to make a consultation.
OVERACTIVE PELVIC FLOOR
Your pelvic floor muscles need to be able to relax and let go just as much as they need to have good tone and be supportive. I see tight, overactive pelvic floor patterns presenting at my clinic really often, where chronic tension gives rise to symptoms such as painful sex, irritable bladder with urge and frequency, constipation, pelvic pain and spasms, and more.
In this case, you do not want to contract and strength-train your muscles, you want to teach them to relax and let go. This can take time and needs a thorough assessment to see what factors are causing the pattern of tension to be there and to create a plan of management to release it.