We see women in their 20's through to their 70's who benefit from Pelvic Physiotherapy!
At Core Body Clinic we are Physiotheraposts and we have a wide range of services and specialities. The type of clinic we are building is one of specialists. We cater for Sports Injuries and provide cutting edge rehabilitation.
We also specialise in gynecological physiotherapy and PELVIC FLOOR weakness, pregnant women (pre and post partum), incontinence and pelvic girdle pain........to name but a few!
In this little article I wanted to focus on Pregnancy Physiotherapy provided by Claire Stevens our Pelvic Physio and Rachel Mealyer, our Sports and Pelvic Therapist
We look after spines and even the most complicated and difficult of back pains. We also have specialist services for MEN and WOMEN who are suffering from pelvic pain, incontinence, pelvic weakness, rectus distasis, symphysis pubis dysfunction and problems affecting sexual function. All these services are carried out by experts in their fields of physiotherapy. Of course, physiotherapy is not just for when things go wrong. Imagine if we could evaluate you before problems arise! We are fortunate to have Claire Stevens working with us who is a pelvic health and pregnancy physiotherapist. Claire is passionate about prevention as is currently seeing 'mum's to-be' ensuring they keep active, pain free and strong throughout their pregnancy. We also see women who have put up with these problmes for decades or have developed problems as they have aged, often assuming these are 'normal' - its not and we can help you!
Pregnancy is a wonderful experience for may women. For those who have had or are experiencing difficutly, we want to help make it a comfortable moment in your life. We understand that pregnancy places a lot of strain on your body. As the baby grows the stresses and strains placed on the body increase. Muscles lengthen, the spine curves and the pelvis begins to change shape. Now, the human body can cope with this and for most women this amazing experience passes without any cause for concern. However, we would always encourage our patients to see a pelvic health specialist before and after labour to ensure optimal function.
Our unique WOMEN’s health service is lead by Claire Stevens who is one of the most well known and well qualified Womens Health physiotherapists in the Reading and wider Berkshire county. She is fast building an excellent reputation among the Reading and Tilehurst communities. Claire is a musculoskeletal physio who has extensive experience in treating sports injuries, back pain and general aches and pains. This makes her exceptionally well qualified to treat pelvic girdle pain and provide wellbeing through pregnancy. She is passionate about keeping women functioning and pain free. She also believes in addressing the problems associated with pregnancy and minimising possible complications arising from labour. After working in Women’s Health for many years she has seen the harmful affects of pelvic dysfunction, both physically and emotionally. That’s why Claire believes that correcting pelvic function before and after labour can dramatically reduce the likelihood of pelvic floor dysfunction immediately after and in the future. Addressing the pelvic floor in post labour women works to minimise the possibility of problems occuring with continence and during sex. 1 in 3 women experience and suffer, often in silence, with pelvic pain and pelvic dysfunction. Pregnancy is a common precursor. Such pain and dysfunction can often limit activity and have a knock on effect with diminished self belief, physical inactivity and overall poorer health.
Claire is now seeing pregnant and post labour mums at both our Tilehurst clinics. She is offering one-to-one checks and treatment where necessary. Rectus Diastasis and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) are commonly seen problems and Claire is keen to prevent these from getting out of control. Approriate care with a therapeutic support belt and pelvic floor exercises are essential in such cases of SPD.
Symphysis Pubis Dysfuction relates to a condition of pelvic malalignment due to increased flexibility in the anterior pelvic joint. This means that the shearing forces during walking are no longer off-set causing pain, spasm and reduced function. Physiotherapy with an expert like Claire will set you on the road to appropriate management very quickly. Appropriate diagnosis is key and performing the right exercises, applying the correct belt or taping technique and receiving the very gentle manipulative adjustments to the pelvis are highly effective in making SPD patients functional once more.
The checks evaluate pelvic strength, alignment and evaluate the function of the pelvis to locate, identify and diagnose the many complications that can arise. We are sometime seeing women who have been given the incorrect advice or exercise. We never ask women or men to stop mid flow when passing water on the toilet. However, we do see this in clinic. There are some very specialist exercises for pelvic floor dysfunction and we suggest seeing a specialist Women's Health physio to be certain the ones you are doing are correct and, more importantly, are specific and prescriptive to your body and your needs. You may be seeing a physio already, or chiropractor, or osteopath. Pelvic health physiotherapy can be used alongside these very useful treatments and we often work with our chiropractic and osteopathic colleagues to ensure the best possible care is provided.
Claire is highly skilled in manual and manipulative techniques to address the imbalances that are all too common in the pelvis. She is an expert in restoring pelvic muscular balance ensuring the pelvic muscles are working in unison, in a timely and appropriate fashion.
We believe prevention is better than cure and encourage mums to get in contact. You may have already had a ‘new mum’ or ‘mum to be’ check previously and if so then keep up the exercises. Sometimes these issues do not appear until sometime after labour. We have all seen patients who have had back pain for years since “my second child!”. This could be a pelvic muscle problem. Many a stubborn back pain I have seen and now with Claire working with us it provides a fantastic adjunct to our normal musculoskeletal skills.