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Antenatal Physiotherapy at New Victoria Hospital

During pregnancy a number of factors contribute to musculoskeletal problems, these include:

  • The release of the hormone relaxin which causes the ligaments to soften throughout the body but particularly around the pelvic area causing some joint laxity.
  • An increased lumbar lordosis (curve) due to a change in the body’s centre of gravity.
  • Weakening of the pelvic floor and lower abdominals.

Common musculoskeletal complaints during pregnancy include:

  • Low back pain – particularly with walking or standing on one leg
  • Pelvic girdle related pain – symptoms include pain in the pubic bone with walking, prolonged standing or sitting, turning over in bed and separating the legs
  • Thoracic spine pain – this may present itself as generally tightened pain localised to the rib cage or pain when deep breathing.

Treatment Options

Following a thorough physical assessment, antenatal physiotherapy treatment may include:

  • Education regarding posture and back care
  • Education regarding the pelvic floor muscles
  • Exercises to improve muscle control around the pelvic area and spine
  • Stretches
  • Soft tissue mobilisation
  • Supports – lumbar spine belt and tubigrip

If you would like to receive more information on Antenatal Physiotherapy at New Victoria Hospital or to make an appointment, contact our Physiotherapy Department on 020 8949 9040 or fill in our online form.