Pregnancy Physiotherapy

Introduction

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

  • Exercise classes
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Individual exercise programs

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

Common problems include:

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (Pelvic Instability)
  • back pain
  • rib pain,
  • continence issues,
  • Swelling and tingling fingers to name a few.

Solutions are provided with:

  • Individual consultations,
  • Clinical Pilates and/or
  • exercise classes

- All suitable for you during this special time.

Pelvic Girdle Pain

During pregnancy there are many changes that occur to your body that change the way it works. Read More...

Back Pain

Back pain is common during pregnancy. Injury or strain can result from activities such as work, exercise & 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

Rib 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.

Continence Issues

At Fitwise Physiotherapy we understand that pelvic floor problems can interrupt your ability to enjoy a full active life. Fitwise Physiotherapists ensure private and respectful management solutions are provided for your individual needs. Read More...

Swelling

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, self-management strategies.

Carpel Tunnel / “Tingly Fingers”

Tingling in your fingers or a burning pain in your hands (especially at night) can be due to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. You can get this in one or both hands. Swelling in the wrist area creates pressure which causes these symptoms. Management at Fitwise includes massage, ultrasound therapy, wrist splint fitting and advice regarding management .

Clinical Pilates

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...

Exercise Classes

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

Pregnancy Spin Pilates (PSP) PSP is a class designed specifically for you during pregnancy. The class is a combined class incorporating cardio on the stationary bikes plus resistance and Pilates exercises for all-round fitness and toning. Read More...

Birthwise Consult

Childbirth is an exhilarating yet physically and emotionally challenging experience.

So be “birthwise “ and, 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.

The 1 hour consult involves:
  • 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, to hold and to counterpressure the specific hot spots; and to affirm a constant presence through voice and touch
  • Optimal positions and best mechanics for pushing your baby out

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

Learn more about Birthwise here

TENS for Labour

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.