Women's Health

WOMEN'S HEALTH
(Pre & Post  Pregnancy Care)

Women’s Health Therapy is appropriate for expecting and new mothers as well as women who are seeking relief through both chiropractic and physiotherapy means. Chiropractors use the Webster technique to provide pre-natal care to expecting mothers, with the former aim of reducing the risk of dystocia, which is defined as difficult labour and birth. 

The Webster Technique

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic technique used to analyse sacrum subluxation and pelvic balance. This allows for gentle and safe diversified adjustment to be applied according to the detailed assessment. These adjustments are aimed at improving neuro-biomechanical dysfunction in the sacrum and pelvis. The technique is recognised by the ICPA (International Chiropractic Paediatric Association) to help pregnant mothers improve their physical wellbeing during their pregnancy.

What Are The Benefits Of The Webster Technique?

This technique is vital in treating sacral subluxation, a condition in which your sacrum moves slightly beyond its maximum range, causing the sacroiliac joint (SI joint) to lock up or get stuck. Sacral subluxation is usually the result of accident or injury trauma, overextension, poor posture, arthritis, or very often pregnancy.

 

Adjustments done using the Webster Technique are safe for both the mother and the baby.

What Are The Benefits Of Physiotherapy During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, the body undergoes several changes to accommodate and support the weight of the baby. Physiotherapists work with expecting mothers to strengthen the body and muscles, improving flexibility in preparation for the birth. A physiotherapist can:

 

  • Offer advice on exercise

  • Prevent gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, preterm labour, and pre-eclampsia

  • Assist with postural changes during pregnancy

  • Aid with strengthening pelvic floor muscles to protect against urinary incontinence

  • Provide advice for how to push during labour to reduce pelvic floor trauma

  • Provide deep tissue massage for improvements to sleep quality, stress and anxiety levels, joint swelling, muscular cramps and pains, nerve pain, and baby’s stress hormones.

 

The body undergoes numerous changes as you progress through the trimesters of pregnancy, accommodating the growth of your baby. Thus, your practitioner will focus their attention and efforts in accordance with your needs. Generally, treatments throughout the first, second, and third trimester will incorporate:

 

First Trimester

Education about maternal and foetal changes, and therapy that focuses on posture and pre-existing musculoskeletal problems. Challenges at home and work identified and addressed.


Second Trimester

Focus on stretching techniques to improve flexibility of lower limbs and pelvis. Mobility exercises introduced to strengthen the spine and abdomen, enhance fitness, and manage pain.

 

Third Trimester

Advanced strengthening of the spine and abdomen with pelvic floor exercises. Techniques to improve flexibility of lower limbs and pelvis, as well as pain management are introduced.

Post Partum Chiropractic And Physiotherapy Care

While a woman’s body undergoes several changes during pregnancy to accommodate the growth and weight of the baby, these same changes frequently remain once the baby is born.  Many women report a myriad of symptoms ranging from incontinence to pain during sexual encounters. Post-partum, these conditions can be treated through women’s health therapy.

 

Some of the effects of pregnancy on the spine are:

 

  • Abdominal muscles lengthen and weaken

  • Increased ligament laxity, hypermobility of joint

  • Pelvic floor drops as much as 2.5cm

  • Development of knee pains, back pains, and so on

  • Centre of gravity changes

  • Potential of suffering from dystocia

 

In addition to the above effects, pregnancy is also known to change a woman’s core and pelvic floor. During pregnancy, the weight of the baby is fully deposited onto the pelvic floor muscles. It is also the main reason many women begin experiencing mild incontinence as well as decreased quality of sexual experiences, from as early as during pregnancy to later in life.

 

Some symptoms of a weakened pelvic floor include:

 

  • Lower back pain

  • Uncontrollable urine leakage

  • Frequent urination and urge to urinate

  • Night time urination causing bad sleep

  • Pain during sexual intercourse

  • Pelvic organ prolapse

 

Chiropractic care is beneficial for post-partum women in a myriad of ways. The right treatments can help:

 

  • Restore the body’s bio-mechanics and posture after birth

  • Encourage quicker healing post-partum

  • Improve sciatica and provide pain relief

  • Support and restore pelvic function