Q&A with Women’s Health Physio: Back pain early in pregnancy

Q: I’m pregnant and my back is starting to hurt. I’ve been told I need to just get on with this, as it’s just “pregnancy aches and pains”. Is there anything I can do?
Suzy: Yes, absolutely. While not uncommon, back pain early in pregnancy is not deemed normal and should be addressed. It often coincides with a muscular imbalance around the pelvis and can happen alongside other common areas of pain such as the hips, buttocks and pubic area. With the amount of change that happens in the body during pregnancy, it is hardly surprising that sometimes our muscles are slow to catch up! It is also important to note that women who experience back pain in pregnancy are up to 7 times more likely to experience some form of pelvic floor dysfunction, as the muscles can begin to function differently in response. Here at InTouch Physio, we can help you to address these issues, identify the structures which need work and try to reduce your symptoms so that you can enjoy your pregnancy

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Are pelvic floor muscles functioning correctly? Over 25% of women suffered from Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PSD)

Over 25% of all women are believed to suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), and this number is generally considered to be an underestimation due to the sensitive nature of the symptoms; meaning that many cases go unreported.

The pelvic floor muscles are a crucial part of our musculoskeletal system, providing support for our internal organs, support for our unborn baby when pregnant, controlling continence and playing an important part in the sexual function.

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Lucie’s Tips: Safe exercises for pregnant women

Safe exercises for pregnant women1. Sitting Glut Stretch

Key benefits: It’s a great stretch to loosen up the hips and lower back.
1. Sit on a chair and cross one leg over the other.
2. Keep your back straight and lean forward at the hips.
3. Try to hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
4. This can be done as often as you would like.
This might prove more difficult later on when the bump gets bigger and in the way.

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Q&A with Physio: Women’s Health Physiotherapy

Q: I am a regular runner and for years, every time I run I leak some urine – this never happens otherwise. Can this be treated?
Lucie: Yes. This is much more common than you think. It happens to many women when they jog, do heavy weights, during cross-fit or even when pushing their pram up a hill. It can occur in BOTH women who have and those who haven’t had children. It is usually due to a weakness or a confusion of the bladder. I can help in diagnosing the cause of this and effectively plan how to resolve the issue.

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Pregnancy Exercise and Physiotherapy – some key benefits (Part 1)

shutterstock_405029551So many soon to be mums are unsure about exercising in pregnancy and what they can do safely in pregnancy.

Pregnancy can cause havoc on the body with extra weight that the muscles and joints have to handle, the associated hormones which have an affect on ligaments becoming more flexible and more pressure on joints due to the loss of ligament support, plus changes to our centre of gravity, just to name a few!

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Exercising in pregnancy – some key benefits (Part 2)

shutterstock_157924235Following on from last week’s news, exercising in pregnancy is key to maintain your body in good shape and health!

Lower limb strengthening is key to help support the sacroiliac joint, pelvis and lower back. All of these structures are susceptible  to hormonal and body shape changes in pregnancy and strengthening the gluts, the core muscles and lower limb muscles can assist with providing stability to the pelvis and assist in pain reduction.

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