Pregnancy is such an individual experience, individual education and exercise is crucial.
Children and teenagers can get similar problems or other growth issues, and you want to know how to best help them.
What falls into this category?
- Pregnancy (pre and post partum)
- Pelvic instability
- Diastasis recti (seperation)
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Teenagers and Children with pain or discomfort
- Congenital issues – incl hip dysplasia
- Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
- Conditions like: Scoliosis, Schuermann’s disease
What are the symptoms?
- A sense of instability or pressure through the abdomen or pelvis
- Fatigue in muscles and joints
- Poor sleep/difficulty in finding comfortable position
- Tingling in hands/carpal tunnel
- Sore feet
- Swelling in arms and legs
- Weak pelvic floor
- Diastasis Rectus Abdominus or separation
- Pain, stiffness
- Joint restriction
- Text neck/poor posture
- Sport/play injuries or sprains
- Babies with neck stiffness (torticollis) or hip/knee/foot issues
When should I get treatment?
Pregnancy is an amazing life-changing journey for a woman to go through, pain doesn’t have to be a part of it. Whether you need help to manage your pain, find out how to keep a strong and healthy core and pelvic floor, or just want to make sure your body is as prepared for pre and post birth as possible, we are happy to help you through this process. It’s an important time to keep your health in check, but it’s even better if you understand why your body is doing some strange things. Not all of the pain and problems are necessary, and some can even be avoided.
Children 5 -12 need to be assessed by a health professional if they have a significant limp, have difficulty moving, are in a lot of pain, or persistent pain is unexplained. Most parents tend to know something is up if this age group acts differently. Sometimes it can be a sign of other issues relating to school or bullying, which can also be helpful to be aware if the problem is not actually related to a muscle or joint issue.
Teenagers – any unexplained pain, persistent pain or worsening pain requires assessment by a health professional. “If they complain enough” was a parent’s view, and is a helpful guide. Some of the conditions mentioned above require specific care to the nature of their issue and this will often be discussed with your practitioner during the appointment.
What treatments help?
- We provide manual therapy to optimise movement
- Educate about the process, what is your body going through at different stages and what to expect or prepare for.
- Provide exercises to help support areas that are placed under increased tension due to physical changes, centre of gravity changes, and adjustments to lifestyle after birth.
- Help with recommendations of other methods or tools to help throughout your pregnancy and afterwards
- After determining the nature of the presentation and referring where necessary, we may utilise gentle manual therapy techniques to assist in symptomatic relief and improve movement.
- Exercise prescription and/or activity modification is usually involved
- Exercise prescription, education, activity modification and manual therapy as necessary depending on the presentation
References or for more info: https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/pelvic-pain-during-pregnancy