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Physiotherapy and Pregnancy

Physiotherapists help pregnant patients experience less back pain by helping them engage in stabilization exercises focused on the muscles around the spine. Physiotherapy is an excellent decision for pregnant women.

How Does Physiotherapy Help Pregnancy Patients?

  1. Physiotherapy in Rosedale helps to ease low back pain in pregnant women. Women work on stabilization exercises focused on the muscles around the spine. By doing these exercises, a pregnant woman can help relieve herself of the discomfort associated with pregnancy, specifically having a good night’s sleep.
  2. Yonge and Bloor Physio can help to reduce incontinence in pregnant women. Women who engage in physical therapy-led targeted exercise programs for the pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy are less likely to report urinary incontinence late  in their pregnancy. A growing baby can put a lot of pressure on a woman’s pelvic floor, thus making it difficult to control    her bladder. Physiotherapists in Rosedale can really help pregnant women with incontinence.
  3. Physiotherapy can make a significant difference during labour and delivery. Sometimes pregnant women become less        active during pregnancy, and so physiotherapists in Rosedale have pregnant patients do strength and flexibility exercises  during their visits and at home, which ultimately increases their chances of having an easier experience with childbirth.

Is Physiotherapy Safe During Pregnancy?

Physiotherapy in Rosedale is absolutely safe during pregnancy. Physio can really help with the aches and pains associated with pregnancy, and it can also help to improve mobility which results in an easier pregnancy for nine months, as well as a smoother labour.

What women must keep in mind, and physiotherapists are well trained to know, is that there are some things to avoid using while under the care of a physiotherapist or massage therapist:

A) Acupuncture can be safe if done properly at Yonge and Bloor Physiotherapy. The risks associated with acupuncture are more about soreness or redness or even infection around the insertion site, and possible injury from needles placed too deeply. Pregnant women do not need to experience any more discomfort than they may already experience.

B) The use of some creams, lotions, and essential oils can be unsafe during pregnancy. Essential oils in the first trimester can possibly cause uterine contractions or affect the baby in their early development stages. However, lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang calm, relax, and aid in sleep in the second and third trimesters. Pregnant women should always dilute essential oils with either olive oil or coconut oil before applying it to the skin. And these essential oils should be applied on the inside, never ingested.

C) Yonge and Bloor Physio will inform their pregnant patients to avoid using anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen. When a woman reaches 30 weeks or more, taking ibuprofen is associated with an increased risk of complications, including a heart problem in the baby and a reduced amount of amniotic fluid. Physiotherapists at Yonge and Bloor can recommend natural alternatives to reduce the pain associated with pregnancy, so a woman and her baby remain safe and healthy to term.


If you are, or think you may be pregnant, it is crucial that you tell the physiotherapist so they can provide the best course of treatment to ensure your overall wellness and safety.




COVID-19 Update: To protect the health and wellness of our staff, patients & community, the clinic will be only open for emergency Physiotherapy and Chiropractic treatments on Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-4pm. 

Email us directly if you are looking to book emergency treatments at our clinic at appointments@rosedalewellness.com. There will be a screening process prior to coming into the clinic to ensure the safety of the practitioner and patients

We have launched our virtual services and if you would like to book an appointment please email virtual@rosedalewellness.com.