Pregnancy is an amazing but challenging phase of life that takes a toll on women’s health. The body shape changes dramatically with the gestational period. According to the American pregnancy association, 50-70% of women feel back pain during pregnancy. The severity of pain varies among females, but most are not physically fit for the strenuous pregnancy journey.
Prenatal and postnatal physiotherapy is an important aspect of women’s health and wellness, yet it is often overlooked. Physiotherapy during pregnancy and after childbirth can have various beneficial effects for both the mother and the baby. From reducing discomfort and pain to improving posture and preventing injury, prenatal and postnatal physiotherapy are crucial components of a healthy pregnancy and postpartum period.
This article will discuss eight astonishing facts about prenatal and postnatal physiotherapy. As a healthcare professional or a physiotherapist, these facts will provide a better understanding of the benefits of physiotherapy in your patients during pregnancy.
1-Prenatal Physiotherapy Reduces Pregnancy-Induced Muscle Strain:
With the development of a baby, pregnancy becomes a constant strain on the body of pregnant females. Greater flexibility and stability in the body’s muscles can reduce the intensity of painful symptoms due to strain. In the second and third trimesters, the baby’s weight increases abdominal girth and exerts pressure on pelvic muscles. Pelvic muscles should be strong enough to support this weight. Due to nutritional deficiencies and lack of exercise, most patients get pelvic pain, pubic pain, sacroiliac joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, urinary incontinence, diastasis recti, and pelvic floor weakness in the prenatal period.
2- Physiotherapy Is A Comprehensive Approach To Address Problems In the Antenatal Period:
Physiotherapy is an integral and comprehensive approach to managing these problems in the prenatal period. The primary foci of physiotherapy in the prenatal period are joint alignment, flexibility, strengthening of pelvic muscles, posture, and nerve compression.
Moreover, prenatal physiotherapy reduces discomfort and pain, improves posture, and prevents injury to pelvic muscles in the prenatal period.
3-Physiotherapy Reduces The Risk Of Diabetes And Hypertension:
Gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension are major risk factors for maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Physiotherapy can help to prevent gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension. It prevents gestational diabetes by promoting physical activity and improving overall health, which can have a positive impact on glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Similarly, physiotherapy reduces body weight and decreases the incidence of hypertension and eclampsia in the long run.
4-Postnatal Physiotherapy Aids Recovery:
Physiotherapy can improve birth outcomes.
Research studies indicate that women who receive prenatal physiotherapy have improved birth outcomes and reduced risk of pre-term birth and instrumental delivery. It also enhances overall fetal well-being. Physiotherapy prepares the pelvic floor muscles for delivery and reduces the risk of tears and lacerations during childbirth.
5- Physiotherapy Improves Lactation Outcome:
Physiotherapy improves lactation outcomes by addressing physical issues that can impact breastfeeding, such as neck pain, back pain, pelvic girdle pain, and incorrect posture. Physiotherapy improves posture and enhances comfort during breastfeeding.
Physiotherapy interventions to improve lactation include education, manual therapy, and exercise. It helps new mothers improve positioning and latch, reducing the risk of nipple pain and damage. Manual therapy releases tension and tightness in muscles that cause disturbance during breastfeeding. Exercise improves overall fitness and reduces stress levels; it can positively impact lactation.
Particularly, physiotherapy relieves mastitis, blocked ducts, and engorgement. These conditions cause significant pain and discomfort, impacting a mother’s ability to breastfeed effectively.
6-Physiotherapy Prevents Postpartum Depression:
Postpartum depression is a common issue among new mothers which affects the mental and physical health of both the baby and the mother. It is prevalent in 1 out of 7 women. Physiotherapy can help to prevent postpartum depression by promoting physical activity and overall health. Exercise has a positive impact on mood and mental well-being.
7- Physiotherapy Relieves Cesarean Scar Pain:
Cesarean scar pain is the most common problem among women delivering their babies after a cesarean section. Around 25% of these females (1 in 4) have chronic pain due to cesarean scar. Physiotherapy can help to prevent cesarean scar pain by addressing physical issues that can contribute to scar pain, such as muscle tension and scar tissue adhesions. Other physiotherapy interventions like pain management techniques, massage, and heat therapy are beneficial in relieving cesarean scar pain.
8- Physiotherapy Helps Manage Diastasis Recti:
Diastasis recti cause a gap in the abdominal muscles due to the separation of abdominal muscles. Physiotherapy helps manage diastasis recti by strengthening the abdominal muscles such as rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and pelvic floor muscles. Particular techniques like diaphragmatic breathing reduce pressure on abdominal muscles and improve posture and alignment.
How Does ANF Therapy®️ Help Women In the Postnatal Period?
ANF Therapy®️ helps women relieve acute or chronic pain, back pain, joint problems, sciatica, mobility problems, migraine, fatigue, stomach problems, general health issues, and insomnia or sleep deprivation in the postnatal period. Most patients respond and feel better within 60 minutes of ANF Therapy®️. This holistic approach finds out the root cause of the problem by a detailed examination.
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About ANF Therapy®️
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