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Prenatal Care

Our physiotherapists are trained in helping women to optimize their physical health during pregnancy, labour, delivery, and the postnatal period.It is important to understand the healthy progression of becoming pregnant and delivering a baby as it has a lifetime's worth of effects (mostly good). Following an ACL tear, most people will have a surgery and/or undergo extensive physical rehab for a significant time period. After a woman goes through a very laborious process of delivering a baby, her health is often neglected as the baby's care is now in the forefront.

We are here to help support the mother in this very joyous and life-altering experience.

Prenatal Period

We do functional assessments and provide treatment plan to ensure that the mom-to-be is aligned and is feeling physically well for the duration of her pregnancy. Some of that treatment may involvemanual therapy, prenatal yoga therapy with a Certified Yoga Instructor, and prescription exercises to make sure all the right muscles are strong, flexible and coordinated. We help to prevent problems that may arise during the normal process of pregnancy and labour and delivery.

The most common problems are:
  • Diastesus rectus
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Coccydinia
  • Lumbar pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Edema in the lower extremities
  • Cramping

Labour & Delivery

Our physiotherapists are trained to help you and your loved ones prepare for your big day. It is normal to feel nervous about how you are going to cope with the pain or deal with current ongoing injuries. Our physiotherapists will be able to reassure you as we are trained with the anatomy and physiology knowledge to help best prepare your body and mind for the labour and delivery that you want.

What physiotherapy can do for you:
  • Show you how to prepare your body for the labour and delivery. You will learn exercises, postures, and breathing techniques that you will practice daily as part of your everyday life.
  • Educate you and your partner on the stages of labour and delivery and what role your birthing partner(s) will play throughout
  • Provide you with the best evidence in the research to show what positions and pain control methods are right for you
  • Educate your partner to help you in the weeks leading up to the L&D as well as on the day of

Postnatal Period

Often, if the mother does not get the attention she needs immediately following the labour and delivery process, she can develop conditions that may affect her optimal health years later!

Examples of conditions:
  • Diastesus rectus
  • Acid Reflux
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Coccydinia
  • Pubic symphysis pain
  • SIJ instability
  • Hip pain
  • Disc herniation
  • Abdominal (umbilical herniation)
  • Inguinal herniation

Even if the birth occurred 20 - 30 years later, it can leave lasting effects on your body. Treatment includes full body assessment of scars or instabilities associated with the delivery