This program was developed for expectant as well as postpartum women. The prenatal component of the program involves strengthening muscles that support the spine and pelvis, which will relieve or prevent typical pregnancy back and pelvic aches. Breathing and stretching exercises are incorporated for areas that need to be limber during childbirth. Postnatal care focuses on strengthening the pelvic floor and abdominals to aid in restoring these areas after the physical stress of child bearing and birth. Hana, our head physiotherapist or chiropractor is trained and registered to perform internal manual pelvic floor examination and treatment, which is often a part of pre and postpartum care depending on each woman and her particular issues.
What to expect with our pregnancy program:
At your initial visit, our Toronto physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation. He or she will examine common problem areas, such as gait, range of motion, posture, and overall mobility to determine what the best course of treatment will be for you. After your evaluation, our physical therapist will create a specialized treatment plan, keeping in mind your medical history and any health restraints you may have.
A large part of our pregnancy program includes neuromuscular re-education. Essentially, your physical therapist will help you re-train certain muscles on how they are meant to work. The effects of pregnancy take a large toll on your body, especially when exercise is limited, and sometimes muscles need to be trained once again on how to function properly. This may include anything from back and core exercises to pelvic floor strengthening. Exercise is important during pregnancy, unless stated otherwise by your obstetrician. Women who exercise during pregnancy tend to recover much quicker, and their babies tend to be healthier.
Other forms of treatment may be suggested as well, such as manual therapy to mobilize joints and relieve stress and inflammation, or ergonomic training to make juggling your numerous daily responsibilities a bit easier. Your physical therapist may also suggest some helpful home remedies to ease discomfort and promote a healthy pregnancy (many of which can be found in our ebook above!) Overall, our pregnancy program will help in improving the factors that may be holding you back.
Schedule your appointment!
Pregnancy is hard work – it’s okay to get some help! Schedule an appointment with one of our Toronto physical therapists today, and find out how out our pregnancy program services can benefit you. Rosedale Wellness Centre will help you make preparations for your new bundle of joy as smooth as possible!