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Pre & Postnatal Physiotherapy

Importance of pre & Postnatal physiotherapy | CESARIAN SECTION

There are lots Pre & Postnatal Physiotherapy techniques that women can practice. Physiotherapy also helps in dealing with common back pain during and after pregnancy.

After normal delivery, we must be allowing the pelvic floor muscles a chance to rest and recover well. We use the RICE principle to make sure that the muscles are healing well. RICE stands for Rest, Icing, Compression, & exercise.

Cesarian Section

In CESARIAN SECTION delivery, in the early days mothers are going to spend a lot of time feeding the baby, and very often they will be in a sitting position. This can put extra pressure on the muscle of the stitches down below. So whenever the baby is not feeding or they get a chance to rest, in the early days it’s important to lie down as much as you can, this can help the swelling to settle.

Icing can be helpful to allow the swelling or the pain to settle down.

Compression bandages or compression garments will provide sufficient support to the muscles.

Physiotherapy in pre & post-natal care is important as it can prevent/treat musculoskeletal problems, promoting a healthy lifestyle, posture & ergonomic correction, and optimal physical fitness.

Benefits of Pre & Postnatal Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy rehab/Treatment in pre and post-natal in both normal and CESARIAN SECTION’s have the following benefits. such as reducing fatigue, reducing varicosities, and swelling of extremities, reducing insomnia, managing stress, anxiety, and depression, improving core stability and pelvic floor muscle strength, etc.

It is important to start doing pelvic floor exercises from the very beginning. Once the baby is 24 hours old. And once that’s been removed, you can start doing your pelvic floor exercises.

Physiotherapy rehab in pre and postnatal includes Gentle massage, Hot pack, TENS for relieving pain.

Other therapeutic modalities can be used such as Ultrasound, laser therapy, and infrared, etc.

Kegel’s exercise.

Pelvic floor exercises, which include gentle pelvic floor squeeze & release, Squeeze around the back passage as if you are trying to stop yourself from breaking wind and let go. You can also perform this exercise while pregnant. Ideally, you should do 3 sets of 10 repetitions with a 1-second hold. which extended to a 10-second hold on progression.

Exercises for your core stability after delivery such as isometric abdominal exercises, head lift with pelvic tilt. Leg sliding with pelvic tilt, pelvic tilt in a quadruped position, etc.

Exercises to relieve back pain such as mobilization of Sacro-iliac joint, postural correction, superman exercises, and bridging, etc.

To reduce edema do vigorous ankle-toe movement, resting with the leg elevated, pressure stocking.


Breathing exercises will improve circulation.

Ergonomic correction such as In Postnatal bladder and bowel movement should be accurate to support the pelvic floor muscles. When emptying the bowl it’s important to sit correctly on the toilet and lean forward so your arms are resting onto your knees. You can use a step or stool underneath your feet to elevate your knee off the ground

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