At Menai District Physiotherapy (MDP), Ivana Jajcevic is a trained Women’s Health Physiotherapist, specialising in the management of Women’s health, continence and obstretics. All consultations are carried out in private rooms with the utmost respect and comfort.
Conditions that we commonly manage include:
- Spinal and pelvic floor strain during pregnancy
- Abdominal muscle separation following pregnancy
- Pelvic floor and bladder concerns including stress incontinence
Physiotherapy for the pelvic floor
The muscles that lay on the under-surface of the pelvis are known as the pelvic floor. It is important for these muscles to be strong in order to control bladder and bowel function, to support the pelvic organs and to prevent lower back pain.
These muscles can be weakened by the strain of pregnancy and childbirth, the hormonal changes of menopause, overload from intensive exercise, chronic constipation, respiratory problems, being overweight, and from regular heavy lifting. Common signs of pelvic floor insufficiency include:
- Leaking urine when sneezing, coughing, laughing, running or moving suddenly
- Urgency going to the toilet
- Bulging (prolapse) felt at the vaginal opening.
Please note that, in order for our Women’s health specialist to conduct a thorough assessment on your pelvic floor an internal examination maybe necessary.
Physiotherapy for mums to be
During pregnancy, the weight of the baby causes postural changes that commonly overload the spine, pelvis and rib cage. Hormonal changes lead to loosening of the ligaments, particularly around the pelvis, which can also cause pain. Our physiotherapists are skilled in treating the pain and movement problems experienced during pregnancy.
Strong pelvic floor and abdominal muscles are important during pregnancy to help support the weight of the baby, reduce strain and improve recovery following pregnancy. At MDP we will teach you how to correctly strengthen these essential muscles.
Physiotherapy for new mums
Following the strain of pregnancy and childbirth, the pelvic floor muscles will require strengthening. A specific, progressive strengthening program prescribed by our physiotherapists achieves this.
Pregnancy also commonly causes abdominal muscle separation, which can generate back pain. Exercises prescribed by our physiotherapists will minimise the separation and improve abdominal strength, helping to restore normal function. Focussed treatment within the first 6-12 weeks postnatally is the ideal timeframe to start your recovery.
Physiotherapy for mastitis
It is not uncommon for breast-feeding mothers to develop blocked milk ducts and mastitis, resulting in pain, infection and difficulty with breast-feeding. At Menai District Physio, we can facilitate rapid healing of these problems through the use of therapeutic ultrasound, massage and changes to breastfeeding postures.