WHAT IS Obstetrics Physiotherapy?
Obstetrics is the field of study concentrated on pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. The physical changes to a women’s body as related to pregnancy are multiple. The centre of mass changes, there is more pressure on the organs, and there is increased weight to be carried. All of this in a relatively short span of time often leads to back pain, pelvic pain and urinary incontinence.
Role of Physiotherapy in Obstetrics Care
Physiotherapy plays an important role in obstetrics both with the antepartum and postpartum woman. Manual techniques and education regarding posture, back care, and modification of daily activities all help to ensure optimal postural alignment, which minimizes joint stress in pregnant women.
- Back Care & Lifting
- Pelvic Floor Exercises
- Relaxation Techniques
- Physiotherapy for Antenatal Care
- Sleeping positions
- Lifting advice
A) Physiotherapy Following a Normal Vaginal Delivery:
- Active movements of the limbs
- Deep breathing exercise
- Pelvic floor exercise
- Pelvic tilts
- Gluteal sets
- Single knee to chest
- Cat- Camal exercise
- Single straight leg raise
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