Pre & postnatal physiotherapy & Pilates in Stockport

Pre & Postnatal Physiotherapy
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A leading provider of pre & postnatal physiotherapy in Stockport.

Our physiotherapy team are experts in helping mothers return to their pre-pregnancy fitness, as well as helping women with pre and postnatal pelvic, back, hip, and shoulder pain related to pregnancy and post birth activities, such as breast feeding and lifting and carrying children.

Whether you gave birth recently or became a mum some months, or years ago, these issues do not need to become part of life. A medical referral is not required, and we can quickly and easily arrange an initial consultation for you.

Specialist postnatal physiotherapy treatment

Our highly experienced practitioners offer a range of specialist and effective, evidence-based treatment options, such as Pilates, pelvic floor exercises, and manual therapy, designed to encourage your core to strengthen and ‘knit’ back together.

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Your appointment & personalised exercise programme

During your initial consultation, you will be able to discuss your difficulties, and the results you would like to achieve, with one of our specialist physiotherapists.

Initial consultation appointments are 45 minutes and we recommend you wear comfortable, stretchy clothing for the purposes of the assessment by the physiotherapist.

During your appointment, you will be given a personalised exercise programme and, once you are feeling fully confident and comfortable in completing the exercises, they can usually be continued independently at home without the need for long term clinic intervention or visits.

Your tailored physiotherapy exercise programme can show you how to:

  • Locate and effectively strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, using bracing techniques called the KNACK to give support during activities where you would perhaps leak/lose urine.
  • Conduct personalised antenatal or postnatal Pilates exercises that will be safe for you to complete, given the stage you are at. These will help you strengthen your core, regain abdominal, back, and leg strength, and help you feel like you again.

Babies and small children are welcome to come along to sessions.

Pre & postnatal Pilates

The APPI program of antenatal Pilates (also known as prenatal or pregnancy Pilates) has adapted and modified your usual favourite Pilates exercises into safe positions, designed to help reduce, control, and eliminate the unhelpful changes of pregnancy, and to support the necessary ones.

Plus, practising Pilates postnatally is a fantastic way to help you reconnect with your body during that complex post-birth period, or even many years later.

All ante and postnatal Pilates sessions are held at our studio on Market Street, in Marple, and are arranged by appointment. Sessions are £65 for 45 minutes and can be shared by up to three people.

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Benefits of pre & postnatal Pilates

There are multiple changes that happen in women’s bodies during pregnancy, all designed to accommodate the growing foetus(es) and prepare the body for birth.

Release of the hormone ‘relaxin’ can result in softening ligaments from as early as eight weeks. This is normal, and allows the pelvis to stretch ready for delivery. However, it can sometimes also result in lower back, pelvic, and hip pain, as the pelvis isn’t used to being able to move much at its joints.

In addition, the expected weight gain (on average 12kg), concentrated to the abdomen area, can tip the pelvis forwards causing tightness in the lumbar region and inner thighs. The growing bump stretches abdominal muscles, and can result in a separation of these muscles, known as a diastasis recti (DRAM).

Regular Pilates exercises during pregnancy will help you to maintain and improve flexibility and strength in all the major muscle groups in the arms, spine, pelvis, and legs. This will keep you comfortable during pregnancy, ready for labour, and prepared for the postnatal period.

If you are new to regular exercise, it is recommended that you wait until your second trimester before commencing antenatal Pilates. Completion of a pregnancy health screening form is also required.

The days immediately after birth are often focused on the new arrival and attention to our own recovery can be somewhat delayed.

The mind-body approach and special breathing techniques of Pilates help us re-find the contracting sensation in the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Often, it may feel like this sensation has disappeared, due to the stress placed on the muscles during pregnancy.

One or two Pilates sessions each week, where you are able to dedicate 100% of your concentration on re-awakening the strength in your deep core muscles, helps your recovery happen quicker.

The postnatal Pilates exercise program has multiple goals:

  • Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles (which are at the base of our pelvis and have the vital role of supporting our bladder, bowel, uterus, and vagina) and, thus, addressing any residual continence issues.
  • By strengthening pelvic floor muscles, our deep abdominal muscle, the transverse abdominus, also begins to get stronger, working to stabilise the pelvis, re-forming the muscular connections up towards the ribcage, and addressing any residual muscle separation (diastasis recti or DRAM) in this area.
  • The lateral breathing technique of Pilates can help to re-mobilise our ribcage and thoracic spines, so we start to feel more flexible.
  • The many hours of sitting and feeding can leave us feeling a bit slumped, so from here, we can focus on shoulder blade, neck, and head positioning, which can help posture begin to feel more open and upright.
  • The mindful approach helps reduce stress levels, restore confidence, and will help you feel like you again.

Little ones are welcome to come along to sessions until crawling age, so no need for childcare.

Please get in touch should you have any questions regarding your suitability for pre or postnatal Pilates.

Throughout your specialist pre & postnatal physiotherapy treatment, we will always work closely with our wider physiotherapy team and will refer you for further medical consultation, if required.

Nicola Jackson Physiotherapist

Nicola Jackson Chartered Physiotherapist & Joint Clinical Director
BSc (Hons), HCPC, MCSP, ACPOHE, AACP

Nicky graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 with First Class Honours, initially working in a hospital setting before specialising in private practice in 2010 and becoming a partner at Marple Physiotherapy in 2019.

Nicky brings an exceptional, holistic approach to assessment and treatment, with specialist expertise in occupational health and ergonomics, and is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics.

Having conducted more than 300 workplace assessments over a wide range of industries from offices to motor component engineering plants, Nicky enjoys the challenge of observing, analysing and applying her practical approach to resolve work-based aggravated symptoms. By liaising between employee and line manager and/or HR, specific and measurable plans can be devised to assist members of staff to remain in work or aid early return to work.

Nicky has gained numerous post-graduate qualifications including manual therapy, acupuncture and in her other area of specialist knowledge, physio-led Pilates. She is a fully qualified modified Pilates instructor and Star Pro member of the Australian Pilates and Physiotherapy Institute, bringing the enhanced benefits of physiotherapy-led Pilates such as improved posture and core strength to our patients.

Nicola Jackson Chartered Physiotherapist & Joint Clinical Director
BSc (Hons), HCPC, MCSP, ACPOHE, AACP

Nicola Jackson Physiotherapist

Nicky graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 with First Class Honours, initially working in a hospital setting before specialising in private practice in 2010 and becoming a partner at Marple Physiotherapy in 2019.

Nicky brings an exceptional, holistic approach to assessment and treatment, with specialist expertise in occupational health and ergonomics, and is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics.

Having conducted more than 300 workplace assessments over a wide range of industries from offices to motor component engineering plants, Nicky enjoys the challenge of observing, analysing and applying her practical approach to resolve work-based aggravated symptoms. By liaising between employee and line manager and/or HR, specific and measurable plans can be devised to assist members of staff to remain in work or aid early return to work.

Nicky has gained numerous post-graduate qualifications including manual therapy, acupuncture and in her other area of specialist knowledge, physio-led Pilates. She is a fully qualified modified Pilates instructor and Star Pro member of the Australian Pilates and Physiotherapy Institute, bringing the enhanced benefits of physiotherapy-led Pilates such as improved posture and core strength to our patients.

If you are unsure whether our specialist pre & postnatal physiotherapy services could help you, please call us on 0161 426 0100 or email enquiries@marplephysio.com and Nicky will be happy to discuss your needs and offer her advice, without obligation.

To book your consultation please complete our online booking form*.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you, please contact us and one of our friendly team will be happy to discuss your needs, without obligation.

* Please note: If your treatment costs are to be paid directly by your health insurance company, we kindly ask that you contact us by phone or email to arrange your appointment.

0161 426 0100

enquiries@marplephysio.com

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Rose-Marie W. ★★★★★ I saw Nicky for pain in my c section scar which was affecting me on a daily basis. She was great at coming up with different treatments (exercises, physical manipulation and a cream) which have improved the pain I was experiencing.Helen Q. ★★★★★ Liz and colleagues have been treating my son for many years and are fantastic with him. Although his condition will never change keeping him free from discomfort and moving the muscles he can’t use are invaluable to his quality of life. We can’t thank and praise them enough not only for their knowledge but for their care, commitment and respect shown to us allSte W. ★★★★★ I went to Marple Physiotherapy with what I assumed was a sore neck, but it turned out to be my shoulder. After many sleepless nights in agony I went to see Liz, who after two visits got me back to normal. Everything from what she did in the practice to the exercises see gave me to do at home is geared up to promote a speedy recovery and her knowledge is incredible.Can’t recommend them enough.Andreea D. ★★★★★ Excellent input from Liz during my recovery after rather complex knee ligament injury. She provided step-by-step guidance with regards to specific exercises for every stage of the recovery alongside therapeutical ultrasound and massage. Highly recommendedEmily R. ★★★★★ From the get go, I have been really impressed with my treatment at Marple Physio and would recommend it to anyone with back troubles. The initial consultation was so thorough, I left feeling positive that I could improve my chronic pain. I really appreciated that Liz was able to explain the reasoning behind my long term back troubles (over compensation and shortened muscles etc.) She has given me a proactive treatment plan that I never got previously from other establishments and I have seen an improvement in my condition after only a few sessions.Simon T. ★★★★★ A massive thank you to Liz for getting me to the start line of the Manchester Marathon! Picking up an injury half way through training I feared the worst for the big day, but a swift treatment cycle had me back up and running in a couple of weeks. I had plantar fasciitis which I have heard keep people out for months on end so such a huge thank you for the wonderful care provided to help me back to my feet.Adam F. ★★★★★ I self-referred to Liz after an episode of chopping firewood resulted in a bad case of tennis elbow with constant pain and a complete absence of strength in my right arm. The combination of physical therapy over a course of weeks, combined with effective exercises for home, has all but cured it, in a surprisingly short time. In the process of treating my arm, Liz also diagnosed some of my long term back problems and set me on a course to strengthen the right muscles to counter those issues. Great experience and would wholly recommend.Christopher L. ★★★★★ Brilliant, extremely knowledgeable and caring. They put me at ease which is very difficult when you have a very painful back. Everything from the therapy provided to the online programme they use to send you exercises is first class.Kieran B. ★★★★★ I had physio on my shoulder with Liz and she is very friendly and an expert at what she does. She was quick to diagnose the issue and give me the appropriate exercises that helped fix the problem. Would definitely recommend.js_loader

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