We offer Postnatal care and physiotherapy for mothers after birth.
Full Circle Physiotherapy New Plymouth can help you recover from birth both physically and emotionally as well as return you to your previous level of activity, whatever that maybe. We can complete a postnatal pelvic health assessment and phsyio.
Birth is not purely a physical experience. It is also felt both emotionally and energetically.
The consequence of such is that as a physiotherapist we approach clients who are in the Fourth Trimester (the first 12 weeks after giving birth) with care and understanding on all levels. The first few weeks after the birth of your baby can be both a daunting and wonderful time. Your main priority is caring for your little one, however it IS important that you also look after yourself. Birth can be unpredictable and doesn't always go 'to plan'. It can also be a very helpful experience to have a postnatal pelvic health assessment, even if there were no issues with your birth. This can help you to better understand the journey that your body undergoes whilst transitioning from pregnancy, to giving birth to being postnatal.
We can assist you with ANY of the following issues:
- Perineal Tears (whether it be episiotomy/2nd, 3rd and 4th degree tears)
- Caesarean Scars
- Vaginal heaviness or Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Painful intercourse
- Bladder issues such as urgency, frequency or leakage
- Bowel issues such as urgency, frequency, leakage or constipation
- Diastasis Recti (widening of the abdominal muscles)
- Lacking core connection/strength postnatally
- Lower back, pelvic or coccyx pain postnatally
- Blocked breast ducts
Having a better understanding of the transition that a woman's body makes during the fourth trimester, means that at Full Circle we encompass a whole-body approach. Whether you have had a vaginal birth or caesarean, your pelvic floor will likely have gone through some changes, however that is NOT the only part of a woman that is affected by pregnancy. It is imperative that we assess the woman's body as a whole, integrated system. During your postnatal pelvic health assessment, we will provide a safe, supported space to ask questions regarding your birth story, current issues and pelvic health history. We will then observe your posture, alignment and range of movement in standing and then observe your breathing mechanics, abdominals/trunk control, pelvic bones and hip range of movement in lying. If you are happy then we will undertake an internal assessment of your pelvic floor (this is not essential but can be beneficial) and establish your connection with your pelvic space.
Treatment may include manual therapy, soft tissue bodywork, fascial release, biofeedback, advice/education, individual exercise prescription and/or acupuncture. Above all else, you will have a better understanding of how your body has evolved postnatally and how we can help you connect with your reflexive core strength as well as return to exercise and function, at whatever level that maybe.
At Full Circle Physiotherapy we believe it is imperative that we spend as much time with a client as is needed to gain a comprehensive picture, to work with them and formulate the best treatment plan going forward. Therefore we have a range of different appointments that suit a variety of conditions that we see. Depending on the nature of the problem, you may require a 75, 60 or 45 minute appointment and subsequently a different rate will apply.