The physical changes that have occurred in a woman’s body during pregnancy, the scars after a caesarean section or perineal incision, the course of labour, and the postpartum period are all of great importance in how the tissues heal and affect how a woman’s body functions later after delivery and returns to pre-pregnancy fitness.
The goals of postpartum physiotherapy are:
- Prevention of complications of postpartum thrombophlebitis.
- Improving the appearance of the abdominal muscles (diastasis recti abdominis treatment)
- Back pain relief
- Faster contraction and emptying of the uterus (involution).
- Urinary incontinence therapy
- Urinary urgency therapy
- Therapy related to lowering of the reproductive organs, weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, restoring function and efficiency in this area
- Elimination of pain and adhesions from a caesarean section scar (scar therapy)
- Elimination of pain and adhesions after an incision of the perineum (episiotomy)
- Ensuring proper work and synergy between the diaphragm, pelvic floor muscles, abdominal and back muscles.
- Preparing the body for physical activity after childbirth
- Abdominal wall repair after childbirth, the so-called Diastasis recti abdominis (read more).
We start physiotherapy after childbirth after prior consultation of the Functional postnatal diagnosis (read more), which will show what a woman’s body needs and what to work on.