Overview

What is Pregnancy Physiotherapy?

Pregnancy Physiotherapy is a service for women throughout their pregnancy journey. Pregnancy Physio can be used to help women with musculoskeletal pain as well as maintaining or progressing their strength to assist with a safe and healthy pregnancy.

What is Pregnancy Physio Used For?

Pregnancy Physiotherapy encompasses a range of Physiotherapy treatment options. Physiotherapy can assist women in various ways throughout their pregnancy journey through education, exercise prescription, soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and pain management strategies. The goal of Pregnancy Physiotherapy is to ensure that women can feel empowered throughout their journey.

Physio For Pelvic Pain In Pregnancy

A Women’s Health Physiotherapist will work with you during pregnancy and beyond to help manage any pelvic pain you may experience. A condition that is common during pregnancy is pelvic girdle pain which can also be known as symphysis pubis dysfunction. Pelvic girdle pain is a collective term for pain that you may experience in your pelvis and lower back and can radiate into your bottocks, hip, thighs and perineum. Your PEAK Women’s Health Physiotherapist will assess your symptoms, educate you on how best to manage them and provide you with exercises to help strengthen and support you throughout your pregnancy.

Physio For Pregnancy Back Pain

Throughout pregnancy your body undergoes many changes. Because of this, it can cause a change in your posture and ability to move and function which can at times lead to back pain. Physiotherapy can assist by educating women on how to manage their pain, help with muscle tension, joint mobility and provide appropriate exercises to minimise the effects of back pain.

Physio Pregnancy Massage

Soft tissue massage is a technique often used by Physiotherapists. Massage is used to reduce muscle tension and dysfunction and help with pain relief. Your PEAK Physio may refer you to one of the PEAK Massage Therapists for a Pregnancy Massage.

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Benefits of Pregnancy Physio

Pregnancy physiotherapy has many benefits including:

  • Individual assessment and treatment of any pelvic concerns
  • In depth knowledge for support during and after pregnancy
  • Holistic management of musculoskeletal conditions for women during different phases of pregnancy
  • Individual prescribed exercise programs to facilitate a healthy body and mind

Pregnancy Physiotherapy is suitable for women with:

  • Low back pain
  • Symphysis pubis dysfunction, also known as pelvic girdle pain
  • Wanting to strengthen their pelvic floor
  • Women preparing for birth

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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can see either a Women’s Health Physiotherapist or a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist when pregnant. There will be certain treatments that might be adjusted throughout your pregnancy however you are safe to see your PEAK Practitioner up until and after your birth.

Wear something comfortable. Depending on the appointment you have if you are working with your Physiotherapist on exercises you may wish to wear active wear. For a Womens Health assessment, you can attend in your normal clothes.

Yes! The Current guidelines suggest 150- 300 minutes of moderate activity every week. This can be broken into 30 minute blocks. It is recommended to complete two resistance training sessions as part of this. If you have been exercising prior to falling pregnant you may continue your training and listen to your body. You may need to adjust your type and intensity of exercise throughout the pregnancy but the evidence supports staying active.

While unfortunately leaking with sneezing or running is common for women (especially postnatally), it isn’t something that has to be accepted as normal. Urinary incontinence can have good outcomes with strengthening the pelvic floor and learning how to manage the symptoms.

Prolapse occurs when there is a loss of support of the tissue that supports the pelvic organs and the pelvic organs begin to lower in the pelvic cavity. This can occur due to a number of different reasons (Pregnancy, birth, menopause, constipation) Women’s Health Physiotherapy can help assess and identify this and help you to understand and manage the condition.

An assessment will involve a thorough history and subjective assessment followed by a functional assessment. Treatment will be directed by your findings, from there you will be provided with personalised advice and education to help you understand and feel in control of your concern. Your PEAK Physiotherapist will likely develop an exercise plan and if needed will recommend other devices to help with symptoms.

Our locations

Hawthorne

PEAK Hawthorne opened in 2012 and was extended and renovated in 2020. You see the same team whether we see you at Hawthorne or one of our other clinics.  Hawthorne offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

Our locations

New Farm

PEAK New Farm opened in August 2019. You see the same team whether we see you at New Farm or one of our other clinics. New Farm offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

Hawthorne

Address
5/171 Riding Road,
Hawthorne, QLD, 4171
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Opening Hours -
6 days per week
  • Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

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New Farm

Address
1/15 Lamington Street,
New Farm, QLD, 4005
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Opening Hours -
6 days per week
  • Monday - Thursday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday - Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

To make a booking outside of business hours, please use our form by clicking here.