Pre-natal & Post-natal Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates

What are the benefits of Clinical Pilates both pre-natal and post-natal?

Specific Clinical Pilates exercises are used to:

  • Provide relief from pelvic pain, lower back pain, and upper-middle back pain
  • Strengthen pelvic floor muscles
  • Strengthen the “core” – your lower abdominal muscles, back muscles, pelvic floor muscles, and diaphragm
  • Treat abdominal separation
  • Strengthen abdominal muscles post caesarean section
  • Strengthen arm muscles and leg muscles to prepare the body for the daily tasks of caring for a baby
  • Rehabilitate poor posture that may develop as a result of the growing pregnant stomach and growing breast tissue, and from feeding and nursing

What will Clinical Pilates exercises involve?

A program may incorporate a number of exercises which will make use of the fully equipped Pilates studio which is home to:

  • Pilates machines
  • Exercise balls
  • Foam rollers
  • Dumbbells
  • Resistance bands

What can I expect from my physiotherapist?

The pre-natal and post-natal Clinical Pilates classes will be run by Eleanor Donoghue who has a special interest in Women’s health. She has experience designing appropriate exercises for both the pregnant woman, and the new mother. Eleanor will work in conjunction other health professionals involved in your care such as:

  • General practitioner
  • Obstetrician
  • Pelvic floor physiotherapist
  • Continence nurse

This team work approach will be used to specifically address conditions such as pelvic girdle pain and incontinence.

When appropriate you may be recommended to see a musculoskeletal physiotherapist or a Myotherapist to provide relief from sore joints and sore muscles. These manual therapies can be used in conjunction with Clinical Pilates to assist in your rehabilitation by facilitating:

  • Improved range of movement of joints
  • Improved stretch of muscles
  • Pain relief

In 2017 Bellbird Sports & Spinal will be commencing pre-natal and post-natal Clinical Pilates classes. As with the current Clinical Pilates classes offered at Bellbird Sports & Spinal, all pre-natal and post-natal Clinical Pilates classes will be run by a qualified physiotherapist with knowledge in appropriate exercises for both the pregnant woman, and the new mother.

In conjunction with the patient the physiotherapist will design a program which is consistent with the patient’s goals and which addresses any current or potential musculoskeletal conditions which they are currently experiencing and/or would like to avoid developing.

Clinical Pilates can be used successfully to manage:

·         Pelvic pain including sacroiliac joint pain

·         Lower back pain

·         Upper and middle back pain

Clinical Pilates can be used to facilitate pelvic floor muscle strengthening to prepare the body for the birth of the baby.

Clinical Pilates can be used post-natal to:

·         Treat abdominal separation

·         Strengthen abdominal muscles post caesarean section

·         Rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles

·         Assist in managing urinary incontinence by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles

In addition to the above mentioned benefits, strengthening the arm muscles and leg muscles with Clinical Pilates exercises will prepare the expectant mother for the daily tasks of caring for their growing newborn. There will be a particular focus on good technique by creating exercises that replicate activities such as carrying the newborn and growing baby, and transferring the newborn from the crib, car seat or floor during floor play.

The pre-natal and post-natal Clinical Pilates classes will also involve particular attention to posture. Postural exercises can be used to manage lower back pain and upper to middle back pain as a result of the physical changes the mother’s body will undergo during pregnancy. Postural exercises can also be used to manage neck and back symptoms from breast feeding or bottle feeding, and pain as a result of the new daily physical demands that caring for a newborn baby will present.

In conjunction with Clinical Pilates, Bellbird Sports & Spinal is happy to offer physiotherapy (insert hyperlink) and myotherapy (insert hyperlink) which can be used to provide relief from sore joints and sore muscles. Symptom relief through these two manual therapy approaches will enable you to better perform your exercises in the Clinical Pilates class.

If you or a friend is interested in pre-natal or post-natal Clinical Pilates classes please contact Bellbird Sports & Spinal on 9878 8088.