Here at Chevron Island Physio we offer a variety of prenatal and postnatal services including Women’s Health Physiotherapy, Pregnancy Pilates, Mum and Bubs Pilates, Pregnancy Massage and Pre and Post Natal Nutrition consultations. All staff are highly experienced in making sure you receive the highest level of care for you and your little one in this important time.
PHYSIOTHERAPY AND PILATES FOR PREGNANCY
Chevron Island Physio is lucky enough to have 2 Physiotherapists with a Women’s Health special interest and are pleased to offer treatment for incontinence and pelvic floor pathology.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises are a lifelong commitment and a strong pelvic floor can make all the difference to both birth and post natal recovery. The hormone balance and extra weight of the baby can weaken the pelvic floor and lead to difficulties in childbirth and beyond. Longer term conditions include poor bladder or bowel control (incontinence) and prolapse. A strong pelvic floor during pregnancy improves control during pregnancy and improves control during delivery.
- The enlarging weight of the uterus puts increased strain on the pelvic floor.
- Hormonal effects cause tissues to soften in preparation for childbirth.
- Vaginal delivery will stretch the pelvic floor muscles.
- It is important that you are able to relax the pelvic floor during childbirth to allow the passage of the baby’s head out of the birth canal.
- Varicose veins can occur around the pelvic floor due to increased pressure. This can be relieved by regular exercise.
Our therapists complete a comprehensive initial examination on each patient, including an ultrasound of the pelvic floor, enabling her to see the extent to which each individual’s pelvic floor is activating (or not activating!). A personalised program can then be developed based on the findings along with your personal history and goals.
Our Reformer Pilates classes are run by Physiotherapists ensuring you receive the optimal program based on your needs, goals, injuries and how you feel that day!
Classes are limited to 5 people where each person is given their own program and is closely monitored during the class to ensure safety and results.
Being run by Physiotherapists, our classes are claimable if you have private health with extras cover.
Please mention you are visiting for Women’s Health when you call to book so that we can book the appropriate amount of time for you.
PREGNANCY MASSAGE CAN HELP WITH:
Sciatica, low back pain, headaches, insomnia, swollen extremities, pelvic misalignment, rib pain and breast tenderness.
Studies have shown that just 20 minutes of pregnancy massage twice a week for five weeks can:
Reduce anxiety and encourage relaxation, improve blood and lymph circulation, reduce swelling and improve your baby’s oxygen supply, help relieve pressure/stress on the pelvis, low back, knees and ankles.
In addition to helping women with a healthy and relaxing pregnancy, massage can also help in the post era of pregnancy, being particularly beneficial to regaining an active lifestyle.
We welcome mums to be for pregnancy massage once they are into their second trimester right up to birth!
MUM AND BUB PILATES
Making exercise as manageable as possible for new mums!
- Bring bub along to your Pilates class – bub can even become part of the exercises!
- Stop exercising at any time to feed or comfort your baby and re-join the class when you are ready
- Maximum 4 people per class (plus 4 bubs!)
- Personalized session just for you!
- Safe, effective way to exercise post pregnancy
Pilates has many benefits, some of which include:
- Improve fitness and strength
- Build core strength to reduce backache
- Help with continence & pelvic floor dysfunctions
- Reshape, tone and lose weight with high intensity, calorie burning exercises after delivery
- Highly trained, experienced instructors
- Personalised programs to suit your needs
How soon can I commence classes?
You need to have a signed medical clearance form from your Obstetrician at your 6 week review before you can start the class.
How do I book an appointment?
Your first appointment will be a 45 minute one on one consultation with one of our Women’s Health Physiotherapists, to assess your pelvic floor, discuss your personal history and find out what you want to achieve out of Pilates. Once you have had this initial consultation, you can join any of our one hour Mum and Bubs Pilates Classes (booking essential as classes are limited to 4 participants).
How much does it Cost?
The cost of ongoing classes is $44 per class, or $35 per class for a 5 pack ($175)
If you have allied health cover with your private health insurance, you should be able to claim some of this cost, as all of our classes are run by experienced physiotherapists.
Please consult with your private health fund to confirm your level of cover.
Warning signs to slow down
If you experience any of these symptoms during, or following an exercise class, or while exercising at home, be sure to notify your physiotherapist.
- Increased fatigue
- Heavy feeling in vagina
- Muscle aches and pains
- Any bright red vaginal blood
Pilates is a safe and social way to return to exercising after the delivery of your baby. We look forward to having you join our classes. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
PRE AND POST NATAL NUTRITION
Kasey, our Nutritionist (Bachelor Health Sci, Nut), has a special interest in eating for all stages of pregnancy. She works with you to develop a personalised eating program that suits your lifestyle, likes, dislikes and stage of pregnancy making sure you are getting all of the nutrients you and your bub need. She can help women who are trying to conceive, pregnant women, breastfeeding women and those looking to lose weight in a healthy way post birth. Kasey will create an eating program for you that includes a one week program, recipes, guidelines and education. She will continue to alter your program until it is perfect for you!
Call us on 5504 7000 to make an appointment.