Find the best postnatal health services in your local area
Looking for a way to ease back, neck and joint pain after giving birth? Postnatal physiotherapy, chiropractic or osteopathic care may be able to help ease the pain and strengthen your body so that you can focus on being a mum.
During pregnancy, the ligaments loosen and relax to allow for the pelvis to stretch during childbirth. This can result in postnatal pain, muscular instability and increased susceptibility to injuries after giving birth.
Postnatal chiropractic treatments are gentle, and your practitioner will be able to advise you on which treatments will help rebuild your strength after you have given birth. They can gently help realign your body to stabilise the hips, back and neck. This will allow you to better support your body as it readjusts to no longer being pregnant and heals from the stress of labour.
Your local postnatal physiotherapist can also provide education on how to best support your body as it goes through postnatal recovery.
Many postnatal osteopathic, chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments are covered under health funds. A gift voucher for a postnatal body treatment makes a thoughtful gift that can assist in post-natal recovery and healing.
How to realign your body post-pregnancy
Throughout pregnancy and labour, your body undergoes immense changes and stress. Your body has just spent nine months shifting its posture, hormones, weight, and even bone structure to accommodate your pregnancy, and it won’t bounce back to your pre-pregnancy self without some help.
After giving birth, the body has a period where it can easily be adjusted into ideal alignment. This is where a postnatal chiropractor, osteopath, or physiotherapist can help.
By seeing a postnatal osteopath or chiropractor after labour, you can begin that realignment process, setting your body up in the optimum way to support itself into the future.
How chiropractic treatment, osteopathy, and physiotherapy can help strengthen your pelvic floor post-pregnancy
Pregnancy and labour weaken the pelvic floor, which can result in a range of issues that affect your bladder, bowel, and sexual function. After going through labour, regaining your pelvic floor strength is an important part of the postnatal recovery process.
Pelvic floor strength is more than just doing Kegels. Having a strong pelvic floor can help with stress incontinence (peeing when you sneeze), as well as help the healing process, making your recovery smoother.
A women’s health physiotherapist can assess your needs and show you a range of exercises to strengthen and support your body throughout your postnatal recovery. Women’s physios can also help you maintain regular physical activity, such as pilates, and will also help you to strengthen your pelvic floor to help prevent prolapse and urinary incontinence.
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