We provide physiotherapy and massage therapy services for new mothers in Ottawa and Nepean to help them avoid or manage prenatal and post-partum hip, back, pelvis, and other joint/muscle pain.
Women commonly experience an onset of back, hip or pelvic pain during pregnancy and following delivery. This can be the result of the many hormonal changes taking place in the body, the increased laxity of the ligaments, or the changes in posture due to weight gain during pregnancy.
During second or subsequent pregnancies, most mother encounter the added strain on the joints that results from caring for and lifting young toddlers.
Other common pregnancy and post-delivery issues women may experience, include:
- Swollen ankles & varicose veins
- Numb, tingling, painful hands & fingers
- Blocked breast ducts
- Weak abdominal muscles
- Altered pelvic floor function
Some mothers will also experience a "diastasis recti", a separation between the right and left abdominal muscles. This condition is more common in women who have had multiple pregnancies, and is a direct result of the increased pressure placed on the abdominal wall by the growing uterus.
While this condition may resolve on its own, specific core exercises or bracing may help accelerate recovery and increase function. On the other hand, if this condition is left untreated, some women go on to experience hernias and pain that require surgery to treat.
Physiotherapy and/or massage therapy can help treat and prevent any the above problems.
Treatment will begin with a detailed evaluation to determine the problems contributing to your pain/dysfunction. Then, your therapist will instruct you on how to alleviate your pain through a combination of positioning, posture, or the use of taping and pelvic supports as well as heat, myofascial release, acupuncture, massage, stretches and joint mobilizations.
An active core strengthening program that includes specific pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises can be beneficial for those experiencing back/pelvic dysfunction, as it will aid in the recovery of the strength necessary to meet the multiple demands of motherhood.