Postnatal Physiotherapy in Sheffield

Our WomanKind Postnatal Physiotherapy service in Sheffield is here to support women at the postnatal stages of their pregnancy with any musculoskeletal issues you may be experiencing in a safe and comfortable environment.

What is Postnatal Physiotherapy?

Postnatal Physiotherapy is a specialised Physiotherapy Assessment for musculoskeletal issues relating to your recovery from pregnancy. The purpose of Postnatal Physiotherapy is to help you return to your normal lifestyle after the physical and hormonal changes your body experiences throughout and after pregnancy.

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Opening Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8am-8pm
Friday: 8am-5:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Who is Postnatal Physiotherapy for?

Our WomanKind Postnatal Physiotherapy is suitable for women 2-4 weeks postpartum depending on the recommendation of your consultant. It is important to check with your consultant if they think Physiotherapy would be beneficial for your postnatal recovery as each pregnancy is different, with different medical conditions, and will have different levels of mobility. 

If you’re still unsure give us a call to determine your suitability for our WomanKind Postnatal Physiotherapy, or to learn more about the service. 

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How can Postnatal Physiotherapy help?

Our WomanKind Postnatal Physiotherapy service can help you by firstly providing you with an initial assessment and diagnosis of any pain or dysfunction you are experiencing. Examples of possible issues could include back pain and pelvic pain. 

Once we know where the pain and discomfort is coming from, our qualified Physiotherapists can provide manual therapy exercises to safely manage and correct the issues you are experiencing, and relieve pain.

Our Postnatal Physiotherapy service also gives you the option to learn how to apply your own kinesiology tape which is used to relieve strain from painful areas by improving blood flow in the targeting area.

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    What to expect from your Postnatal Physiotherapy appointment

    When attending your first WomanKind Postnatal Physiotherapy appointment, it is important to be aware that it is more convenient if you can undress down to your underwear. However, if you don’t feel comfortable enough to do this then that is completely fine, we just ask you to wear something similar to a vest top and shorts so that we can assess you properly.

    During the appointment you will also be asked to perform a series of movements and will be examined in areas related to concerns. If you find any part of this to be too painful, our experienced Physiotherapists will work around your pains and symptoms using various supports and a modified assessment so the session is tailored uniquely to you.

    With regards to pelvic floor examinations, we tend to examine you after the first appointment unless there is a specific reason to do so. The examination takes place externally around the groin and bottom, hence why appropriate clothing is needed. All of our Physiotherapists are professionals so please don’t feel uncomfortable because you are in safe hands.

    If you feel that you need a chaperone then that is something that can be organised. Usually, throughout the assessment of your pelvic floor, we will examine you laying down initially, but it is possible that we will ask you to change positions e.g. standing up, or a squat. Depending on the outcome of our initial assessment we may need to liaise with your consultant or GP but none of this will be done without your consent first.

    At the end of your first Postnatal Physiotherapy appointment you will leave with a bespoke management plan including strategies to reduce symptoms and rehabilitate you back to your desired level of activity. 

    Prenatal Physiotherapy

    Our WomanKind Prenatal Physiotherapy service in Sheffield is here to support women at all stages of their pregnancy with any musculoskeletal issues you may be experiencing in a safe and comfortable environment. The service can help you by firstly providing you with an initial assessment and diagnosis of any pain or dysfunction you are experiencing. Examples of possible issues could include back pain, pelvic pain, and Diastasis Recti also known as doming of the stomach.

    Check out our Prenatal Physiotherapy service here.

    TO BOOK YOUR POSTNATAL PHYSIOTHERAPY APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL THE CLINIC OR SIMPLY ENTER YOUR DETAILS BELOW AND OUR TEAM WILL GET BACK TO YOU SHORTLY.

    Meet our team

    Our pregnancy massage services are carried out by….

    Women's Health Physiotherapist Sheffield

    Emily Elgar

    Emily is our Pelvic Health Clinical Specialist and Clinical Lead. She has over 10 years’ experience working in Pelvic Health (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), across a range of settings from a large teaching hospital, to remote community clinics. 

    Emily has been with the Katie Bell team right from the start, and has since expanded her skills to include acupuncture, myofascial release, and professional coaching alongside classical pelvic health skills which reflects her combined approach to physiotherapy.

    “I love not only helping women find the practical solutions to their pelvic and obstetric health challenges, but also helping them find their unique recipe for wellness. So often in clinic I hear that patients didn’t realise there was so much they could do to impact their symptoms. When a women comes in having taken control of their health they change in everyway. I love when she tells you about how she is physically better and feels it, but then talks about all the ways she understands her body more. There’s a lot of power in that, not just the one fix but embracing your health for life.”

     

    Laura Hewitt

    Laura is a Senior Physiotherapist in the Women’s Health Team, and a Certified APPI Pilates Instructor. She has over 14 years’ Physiotherapy experience, having worked in a variety of settings over the years.

    Laura has worked with us at Katie Bell Physiotherapy and Wellness since 2017, and is currently carrying out further training to become a Mummy MOT qualified Practitioner as well as upskilling in the area on Women’s health Physiotherapy, including Pelvic floor assessment.

    “I love being a Physiotherapist- it is a privilege to work with people to facilitate their own recovery or improve their self-management. I love seeing people being able to perform, achieve or improve their function and ability to a greater level. The people contact and education side of helping people feel informed about their bodies and conditions is how I feel we can see better progress and results. It’s a wonderful and really rewarding job.”

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