The Fourth Trimester
A precious time when new Mum's need to be held and supported too. Huge adjustments with rapid hormonal changes, changing musculoskeletal requirements, sleep deprivation and often a restricted ability to care for yourself with your usual movement routines and physical coping strategies.
Conditions include; thoracic and neck pain and stiffness secondary to feeding / cuddling / co-sleeping, wrist discomfort including de Quervain's syndrome, low back and pelvic pain, pelvic floor health and abdominal separation (see below). Return to fitness and sport assessments are also available.
Pelvic and Core Physiotherapy
Important for any new or seasoned mamas regardless of if you’ve had a vaginal or caesarean birth, beginning as early as 3 weeks postpartum.
- How to reconnect to YOUR core to ensure optimal support for your body after birth.
How to create ideal alignment and decrease common muscle imbalances after childbirth.
How to prevent or treat common postpartum conditions including low back and pelvic pain, incontinence, prolapse, pubic symphysis dysfunction, diastasis (abdominal separation), internal pelvic pain during intercourse.
How to decrease scar tension from birth (caesarean or vaginal) to decrease pain and allow your core to work effectively.
What exercises are efficient to strengthen your core (kegels aren't always the answer).
Effective steps to return to the activities you enjoy after giving birth.
*Postpartum appointments that occur as early as 3 weeks consist of external assessment and treatment only unless specified by your doctor/midwife. Internal assessments after birth can begin after your 6 weeks follow up with your doctor/midwife.
Your individualised treatment may include any of the following:
Education about the causes that are contributing to your symptoms.
Manual therapy to increase joint and nerve mobility and muscle length.
Manual scar release techniques to improve core function and decrease pain (vaginal, cesarean, episiotomy, appendectomy).
Home exercise program tailored to your goals which may involve specific core stability exercises, yoga and Pilates based therapeutic exercises.
* Eliza is more than happy to collaborate with other health or fitness professionals that you may be working with. If you don't currently have a support team, she can recommend other professionals that can work together to help you reach your health goals.