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. 

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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).

  • Dry needling.

  • Kinesiotape.

  • 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.