Womens Health

Antenatal & Postnatal Physiotherapy – Comprehensive specialist pre and post natal pregnancy care.

Antenatal & Postnatal Physiotherapy

Comprehensive specialist pre and post natal pregnancy care is offered here at the clinic: This can help a range of problems including:

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Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP). This includes pain in the lumbo-sacral region, sacro-iliac joint (SIJ) and symphysis pubis joint (SPJ). It was previously known as symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD). This can be treated safely at any stage of pregnancy (or after birth) as soon as symptoms arise.

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Cervical spine pain (neck pain), Thoracic spine (mid back) and Rib pain.

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Rectus Abdominis Diastasis. The stretching of the fibrous tissue between the two muscle bellies can result in a domed appearance of the tummy when transitioning from lying to sitting, and a palpable gap around the belly button.

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Wrist pain including Carpal tunnel syndrome.

The following can also be arranged:

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Antenatal advice and education sessions:

1. Looking after yourself in pregnancy, covering common pregnancy related conditions and self-help strategies, back care and ergonomics, sleeping positions, relaxation techniques and exercise.

2. TENS and coping in labour, covering use of TENS and other pain relieving strategies including massage, positioning and relaxed breathing.

3. Pelvic Floor Muscles: what they are, what they do and why and how to exercise them.

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Antenatal and Postnatal exercise sessions, to retrain strength of abdominals, spinal, pelvic girdle, hip and pelvic floor muscles.

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Exercise programmes to allow you to exercise safely and with confidence during and after pregnancy.

Clare Kay-Shuttleworth ( MCSP) (MHPC) is our clinic specialist in Women’s Health.

Clare Kay-Shuttleworth ( MCSP) (MHPC)

We are really pleased to welcome Clare Kay-Shuttleworth to our team. Clare is working at our Carnforth site. She is a senior chartered physiotherapist who has previously been working in London within both the Musculoskeletal and Women’s Health fields.

Clare is experienced in treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions. She has developed a particular expertise in pregnancy related conditions such as back, neck and pelvic pain, including coccyx pain, wrist pain (Carpal tunnel syndrome) and postnatal abdominal muscle weakness such as Rectus abdominis diastasis. Clare has taught antenatal education classes covering topics such as looking after yourself in pregnancy, pelvic floor, coping in labour and postnatal back care and ergonomics, and is experienced in both antenatal and postnatal exercise. If you are looking to stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy and afterwards, you can be confident of expert care. To arrange an appointment with Clare please contact the clinic on 01524 733033 or 01524426964.

Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM’s)

The pelvic floor muscles (PFM’s) span from the pubic bone in front to the tailbone (coccyx) and side pelvic walls. They support the bladder, uterus and bowel by tightening muscles and sphincters around the organs when lifting, exercising or coughing. Sitting and standing tall keeps a low level of automatic activity in the PFM’s. On the other hand, relaxing the muscles is important for easy bladder and bowel emptying.

Healthy Pelvic Floor Muscles  are needed to:

  • Prevent bladder and bowel leaks
  • Support the growing uterus
  • Prevent pelvic organ descent (prolapse)
  • Work with core muscles to support the spine
  • Enhance sexual sensation

Pelvic floor problems can be due to:

  • Regular straining to empty the bowel
  • Constant coughing
  • Weight of baby and fluids during pregnancy
  • Muscle damage and interventions used during birth
  • Larger waist measurement
  • Work involving regular heavy lifting
  • Excessive abdominal workouts or over challenging exercise
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Hysterectomy and some pelvic surgery
  • Less oestrogen after menopause
  • Infection and pain

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