Services

Pre & Post-Natal Physio

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life. Fitwise Physiotherapists have extensive experience in helping you stay fit, healthy and comfortable throughout your pregnancy.

 Our team of experienced professionals will help you get ready for your new role with confidence!

Pregnancy Physio

Pregnancy Physio

Pregnancy is a perfect time to focus on your health and well-being . The experienced team at Fitwise are here help to you throughout this journey.

Post-Natal Physio

Post-Natal Physio

The right knowledge and guidance helps you recover from pregnancy and birth and return to the activities you love. The experienced team at Fitwise are here to help!

Epworth-Maternity

Epworth Maternity

Fitwise Physiotherapy has a proud association with Epworth Freemasons Maternity Hospital, providing excellent post natal care to all new mums.

Birthwise

Birthwise

Our experienced educators will guide you through each stage of labor and show you different ways to prepare, including breathing techniques and positions.

Pregnancy Physio

Pregnancy Physiotherapy

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life. Fitwise Physiotherapists have extensive experience in helping you stay fit, healthy and comfortable throughout your pregnancy.

Fitwise Physiotherapists are also able to help you manage the physical challenges during your pregnancy allowing you to maintain your lifestyle.

  • Individual consultations
  • Exercise Classes
  • Clinical Physio Class
  • Individual exercise programs
  • All suitable for you during this special time
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (Pelvic Instability)
  • Back pain
  • Rib pain
  • Continence issues
  • Swelling and tingling fingers to name a few
  • Individual consultations
  • Clinical Physio Class and/or
  • Exercise classes

Post-Natal Physiotherapy

The weeks and months following the birth of your baby can be a busy and exhausting time. While you are caring for your newborn, your body is trying to recover from the changes that occurred during pregnancy and birth.

At Fitwise, we can help. Our individual physiotherapy consultations and tailored exercise classes can help you achieve your goals and leave you feeling fit, healthy and ready to meet the demands of a growing baby.

  • Weakness in your tummy and pelvic floor muscles
  • Continence issues
  • Concern about prolapse
  • Neck, back or pelvic pain
  • Unsure about returning to exercise, particularly high impact exercise
  • Breast engorgement 
  • Mastitis
  • Wrist and hand pain
Post-Natal Physio
Epworth-Maternity

Epworth Maternity

Fitwise Physiotherapy has a proud association with Epworth Freemasons Maternity Hospital, providing excellent post natal care to all new mums.

As a patient at Epworth Freemasons Maternity Hospital, you will receive a visit from a Fitwise Physiotherapist in the days following the birth of your baby to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate your way through your recovery. You will learn about strengthening your pelvic floor and tummy muscles, returning to exercise and caring for your neck and back at home.

  • Pelvic floor or continence issues
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Back pain
  • Breast engorgement or mastitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tummy muscle separation

For more information on Epworth Freemasons Maternity, follow this link:
http://www.epworth.org.au/Our-Services/Maternity/Pages/Maternity.aspx

  •  

Birthwise

Childbirth is an exhilarating, yet physically and emotionally challenging experience.

As part of your labour preparation, spend a dedicated hour exploring and rehearsing in a very practical way with our experienced educators.

This hour long session will boost your confidence and resourcefulness for your special day. Come and equip yourself with the essentials.

  • Relaxation that specifically targets the inevitable adrenalin response
  • Positions for comfort that work also for gravity and power
  • Breathing that equips you to “ride those waves” – variable but useable
  • Distractions such as movement / rocking / music / heat / TENS
  • Partner support- ways for those supporting a labouring woman to massage, hold and counterpressure the specific hot spots and to affirm a constant presence through voice and touch
  • Optimal positions and best mechanics for each stage of labour
  •  

This consult is appropriate for subsequent pregnancies also, especially as each pregnancy and labour is unique. Refresh your memory on the essential information, birthing skills and prepare yourself for this delivery.

Birthwise

Frequently Asked Questions

Answering the frequently asked questions about pregnancy

Back pain is common during pregnancy. Injury or strain can result from activities such as work, exercise and repetitive lifting, including looking after babies or toddlers. Low back pain in pregnancy can also be related to the changes occurring to your muscles and ligaments. At Fitwise we use a variety of techniques to help manage back pain, with a strong focus on keeping active and fit.

Clinical Pilates is particularly helpful in strengthening the muscles that support the back and neck, as well as for chronic back pain.

Pain in your ribs, or at the front of your abdomen, is because your baby is trying to create more space while he/she grows. Your baby pushes up against your diaphragm, which in turn pushes your ribs out of their normal comfort zone.

Pain originating from the ribs can be felt in the upper back, sides of the chest or under the breasts. Treatment is available at Fitwise, including symptom relief from “hands-on” therapies, as well as exercises and advice on management.

Swelling (oedema) is common in pregnancy. Circulation changes can cause swelling, usually wrists, hands, feet and ankles.

You may find that the hot weather, being on your feet a lot or being in the third trimester of your pregnancy can cause an increase in swelling. However, if you have a sudden increase or severe amounts of swelling speak to your doctor or midwife promptly.

Fitwise Physiotherapists are able to assist you with managing this condition during your pregnancy. Options include massage, lymphatic drainage assistance and other self-management strategies.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is a small device that produces light electrical current across your skin which feels like a tingling sensation. The brain focuses on this feeling rather than the pain coming from other parts of your body, such as your contractions, so many women have found TENS to be an effective pain-relief method during labour.

FreeMOM® labour TENS machines are available for hire through Fitwise. Additionally, our Physiotherapists can assist you in learning how best to use the machine to help you get the most out of it during labour.

When you are pregnant your body is more physically challenged than at any other time! As your baby grows, your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles (your core) become stretched and have to carry the increasing weight of your growing baby.

Read more here.

Classes at Fitwise Physiotherapy aim to help you achieve your health, wellbeing and fitness goals, regardless of what life stage you are in.

P40 is our 40 minute Circuit Class specially designed for Pregnant and Post Natal Mum’s to improve your core, fitness and strength.

Read more here.

Achieve your Goals and Get Moving with Confidence

We’re open in two locations East Melbourne and Armadale (or via telehealth) to help you achieve your goals through Physiotherapy, Exercise classes, Myotherapy, Remedial Massage and Dietetics.