Pregnancy-related musculoskeletal problems
Pregnancy related musculoskeletal problems may occur at any point in the antenatal and/or postnatal stages. Physiotherapy can help to treat these problems.
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
Pelvic girdle pain is pain at the front and/or the back of the pelvis. It is usually caused by ligament laxity, the joints moving unevenly and the pelvic girdle becoming less stable. As a baby grows in the womb, the extra weight may put more strain on the pelvis. It affects one in five pregnant women and can severely affect a woman’s mobility and quality of life. Early diagnosis and treatment in physiotherapy should relieve pain and prevent symptoms from worsening.
Back Pain and/or Sciatica
It is common to develop pain in the lower back which may radiate into the legs. This is usually as a result of the change in posture and muscle imbalances that develop during pregnancy. Early diagnosis and treatment in physiotherapy should relieve pain and prevent symptoms from worsening.
Separation of the Rectus Abdominus (Rectus Diastasis)
During pregnancy, the rectus abdominus (6 pack muscle) splits and separates down the middle. This occurs as a result of your uterus expanding to accommodate your growing baby. Understandably, this separation affects how the rectus abdominus functions. Additionally, the underlying abdominal muscles will be weaker from being stretched around your bump. As a result, all your abdominal muscles (as well as your breathing and posture) require close attention, assessment and rehabilitation. Physiotherapy is vital to help strengthen the muscles and to restore control in this area of your body.
Physiotherapy assessment and treatment can really help to relieve these muscle problems. Contact Babs at Female Focus for more information.