Pre-natal & Post-natal Physiotherapy

What can I expect from my physiotherapist?

The pre-natal and post-natal Clinical Pilates classes will be run by Eleanor Donoghue who has done further education in pelvic floor physiotherapy. She has experience designing appropriate exercises for both the pregnant woman, and the new mother. Eleanor will work in conjunction with other health professionals involved in your care such as:

  • General practitioner
  • Obstetrician
  • 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 or podiatrist. 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

Common Pre and Post Natal conditions treated are:

  • Pelvic  pain
  • Abdominal separation
  • de Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint hypermobility
  • Hip, knee and foot pain
  • Neck and back pain

Pre-natal & Post-natal Clinical Exercise

What are the benefits of Clinical Exercise 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 gluteal muscles
  • 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
  • Optimise sitting and standing postures
  • Train the body to move safely during the performance of daily tasks

What will clinical exercise 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