Assess a mum's physical condition
Postnatal physiotherapy is a form of physiotherapy that focuses on helping new mothers recover from the physical and emotional stresses of childbirth. It helps to ensure that women return to their pre-pregnancy level of physical health, strength and flexibility as well as providing advice and support to help them cope with the physical and emotional changes that come with motherhood.
One of the main goals of postnatal physiotherapy is to improve the mother’s core strength and stability. This is done through a variety of exercises that focus on strengthening and toning abdominal, pelvic and back muscles. These exercises can help to reduce the risk of pelvic floor dysfunction and back pain, which can be common issues during the postpartum period.
Postnatal exercise classes can also help to relieve the symptoms of postnatal depression and anxiety. It can provide relaxation techniques, such as massage and breathing exercises, to help reduce stress and improve the mother’s overall mental health.
The MOT (Movement and Outcomes Test) is a standardized assessment tool developed for postnatal physiotherapy. It is used to assess a woman’s physical condition, including her ability to move and her level of muscle strength, flexibility and stability. This can help to identify any areas of concern and inform the physiotherapy.
The postnatal MOT is a must
This is an essential for anyone who has had a baby, regardless of the type of delivery, because pregnancy, as well as the delivery puts pressure on the pelvic floor (the muscles that support our pelvic organs and control our front and back passages). The optimal time would be past 6 weeks from your delivery date, but if your pregnancy was 6 years ago or longer, it is never too late! Although, if you have any concerns, I am a message away to talk to you for some advice.
An assessment will measure and establish a considered graded return to exercise or will guide you if you’re having any pelvic floor symptoms or pain.
A postnatal MOT includes the assessment and explanation of:
Postnatal Exercise Classes
Taking care of you is my priority
As part of your postnatal MOT, I am also able to treat any of the following complaints:
- Perineal scar pain
- Caesarean scar pain and sensitivity
- Lower back or pelvic pain
- Coccyx pain
- Pain with sex
- Reduced bladder or bowel control including leaking of urine, stool or wind
- Tummy muscle separation (rectus diastasis)
- Perineal tears including 3rd /4th degree tears
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