The Mummy MOT
A Revolution in the treatment of Post-natal women.
Victoria Bannerman – 10 September 2016
I can’t recommend Enliven health highly enough to any new mothers who want to start getting their pre-baby body back. After my c-section I was amazed how little strength I had but I was also worried about doing the wrong exercises, and causing myself injury. Alex provides friendly and professional classes that have enabled me to get back into exercise safely and effectively and I have seen such a difference to my core strength already. Knowing a qualified physiotherapist is guiding me through the class is a huge benefit to me as I can trust her to ensure I am doing the right things. I wish this was about to help me recover after the birth of my first child
Pregnancy and childbirth have many effects on a Woman’s body;
Her posture changes, her ligaments become lax, her abdominals stretch, her pelvic floor weakens. The use of forceps or ventouse, lengthy labours, tears and episiotomies can compound the trauma to the pelvic floor and the tummy muscles may separate [Diastasis Rectus Abdominis], disrupting the synergy of the core muscles, leading to altered load transfer and weakness.
It is no wonder that problems may develop, sometimes several years down the line after delivery, including low back pain, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence.
Unfortunately despite these potential complications, the post-natal treatment and rehabilitation of women in the UK are limited, and are not routine services for many women. Women are expected to go home, often without advice about how and when to exercise, and there is little in terms of appropriate rehabilitation services available to help these women in their recovery and mission to return to normal. As a result, some problems can worsen due to inappropriate exercise and rehabilitation regimes.
At Enliven Health, we feel that Physiotherapy intervention and management are imperative in reshaping the future health of post-natal women.
The Mummy MOT is a revolutionary development in Physiotherapy practice, which aims to reduce the occurrence of common post-natal problems. We believe that ALL post-natal women should undergo a Mummy MOT, whether it is 6 weeks or 6 years after their delivery, to ensure that they are doing all the right things to optimise function and recovery.
The Mummy MOT will involve;
An in-depth assessment of your pelvic floor muscle strength and function.
A detailed assessment of your ‘core’ region, checking for any tummy muscle separation, muscle over-activity and dysfunctional breathing patterns.
A postural and biomechanical assessment, which will check for any other present or potential factors which may lead to the development of future problems.
Devise an appropriate and comprehensive exercise program for you to follow in order to begin your recovery safely and effectively.
Cost £75 for 60 minute session including a bespoke exercise program, tailored specifically to suit your needs.
For further information please visit http://www.enlivenhealth.co.uk/womens-health/mummy-mot/. or Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Enliven Health is a Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates clinic in Woburn Sands. We specialise in Women’s Health and well being, + musculoskeletal problems.
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Can I exercise after I have had my baby?
Exercise after birth can have many beneficial effects such as helping posture return to normal, increasing strength around the pelvis and back, assisting return to pre-pregnancy weight, improving muscular tone and cardiovascular fitness, reducing incontinence, and improving your strength to help you cope with the demands of your new baby. It may also help with the recovery of pregnancy related pelvic pain and Diastasis Recti [abdominal separation], however your exercise program will need to be tailored if you are suffering with either of these conditions. Therefore, it is useful to attend a Physiotherapist-led class so you can rehabilitate safely and effectively.
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