Physiotherapy appointments are available immediately postnatally for breast treatment (ultrasound for blocked ducts or mastitis, laser treatment for nipple pain), perineal treatment (ultrasound to decrease pain and swelling of the perineum or haemorrhoids, laser treatment for healing of perineal stitches), neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, wrist and hand pain, and bladder, bowel, or pelvic floor problems.
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SIX WEEK POSTNATAL PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSESSMENT
Postnatal recovery is a long journey, and the first six weeks are particularly important. Your pregnancy hormones have caused a lot of changes over nine months, and baby's delivery (whether vaginal or Caesarean) means your body needs extra care.
A postnatal assessment with a Women's Health Physiotherapist is recommended six weeks post-delivery. This is different from your appointment with your obstetrician, and an important part of postnatal recovery. In this assessment we will screen, assess, and treat you for any bladder, bowel, pelvic floor, abdominal muscle, or musculoskeletal issues.
This service is eligible for private health rebates. Please call Southcare Physiotherapy on (08) 9332 2132 or visit www.southcarephysiotherapy.com.au to book your postnatal assessment today.
MOTHER AND BABY HYDROTHERAPY CLASSES
The Southcare Murdoch Mother and Baby hydrotherapy exercise class is offered between 8 weeks and 6 months postnatal, commencing with mother and baby nursery rhymes and introduction to water exercises. Following this, our lovely volunteers come in to look after bub while new mums take part in an aqua-aerobics class. The classes run for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Parent and Baby classes are also offered.
This service is eligible for private health rebates. Please note that these classes require a booking before attending. Please contact our reception staff for more information.
PARENT AND BABY HYDROTHERAPY CLASSES
Parent and Baby classes are for either mum or dad (or both if they are twins) and are on a Saturday morning. This class is for baby's 8 weeks to 18 months old and includes nursery rhymes and introduction to water exercises.
CLINICAL PILATES PHYSIOTHERAPY
Clinical Pilates classes are 60 minute sessions run by physiotherapists. Each patient receives a tailored program at every session. As Pilates Physiotherapy is based around optimal posture as well as pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscle activation, it is an ideal way to exercise postnatally.
Postnatal clients are able to attend our regular studio Pilates classes following an initial assessment with one of our Pilates Physiotherapists. Pilates exercises are able to be modified to account for the postnatal period allowing postnatal clients to continue to exercise safely under the supervision of a Physiotherapist.
This service is eligible for private health rebates.
POSTNATAL PILATES CLASSES
FitRight postnatal exercise classes are run by physiotherapists all over Perth, including the area local to St John of God Hospital Murdoch. They are Pilates-style classes run in small groups and aim to optimise your posture, flexibility, core muscles and general strength. They are perfect for anyone with pelvic girdle or back pain, abdominal muscle separation or pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, because the physiotherapist instructors can modify all exercise to suit your individual needs.
There are two types of postnatal FitRight classes, all run in 6 week courses throughout the year:
These classes are for babies between 8 weeks and 12 months, and involve 60 minutes of beginner to intermediate level Pilates-style exercise with a physiotherapist. While you exercise, community volunteers look after your baby for you in the same area.
You have the option to do a 90 minute class, where you arrive 30 minutes earlier and do a baby massage and developmental play session with the physiotherapist before you begin the Pilates. This is a lovely option for babies under 6 months old, and helps with digestion, circulation, bonding and gross motor development.
These classes are for Mums to attend in the evenings, for a bit of 'me time' without the kids. They also involve 60 minutes of exercise in a small group setting, but these classes are faster paced with a mix of higher level Pilates, body weight resistance exercise and high intensity interval training. They are usually suitable for Mums who are 6 months to 3-4 years postpartum.
This service is eligible for private health rebates. Times and locations vary each course. To see class options, visit the website www.fitright.physio, and fill in an online registration form indicating the course/s of your choice. Waitlists are often in place so it is recommended to register early. Pre-assessment with a physiotherapist is essential, all the information is on the website.