Physiotherapy can dramatically improve quality of life during pregnancy and after birth

Pregnancy and birth are the number one cause for pelvic floor issues in women, addressing these early, prior to having a baby to care for can decrease your chance of problems later and increase your chance of bouncing back.

Common issues include pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor and poor recovery from stomach muscle separation.

Pelvic girdle pain can occur due to the hormonal changes and the weight of the baby in preparation for giving birth.

However, physiotherapy treatment, such as massage, mobilisation and exercises that can be carefully tailored to your needs will help to relieve discomfort.

Many of our pregnant patients struggle with lower back pain and pelvic pain due to increased mobility from hormonal changes and increased load.

During pregnancy the Rectus Abdominus (outer layer of abdominal muscle) stretches to allow for growth of the baby.

We offer safe supervised exercise classes to proactively manage this.

We also have pregnancy pillows which allow us to treat women safely in prone.

Treating thoracic pain and stiffness in pregnancy

Another common issue during and after pregnancy is thoracic pain and stiffness. Again exercise as well as safe hands on treatment options.

After the baby has been born it is important that this muscle returns to a functional state to help maintain pelvic and abdominal strength and stability. Specific exercises given by our physiotherapists during and after pregnancy will help to ensure this.

Once you’ve had your baby a 6-week check post-partum is a great way to keep on track with how your body is recovering and what could help to strengthen your body further.

Stomach muscle separation is normal but we want this to be kept to a minimal for optimal recovery and decrease chance of issues later.

Treating mastitis after pregnancy

Other postnatal issues that physiotherapy can help to prevent and manage include mastitis. Mastitis is a common and distressing infection often caused by a blocked milk duct which results in pain and inflammation of breast tissue whilst making it difficult to breastfeed.

If mastitis is caught early ultrasound can be extremely effective at reducing blockages and decreasing the chance of infection.

If you are pregnant or a new mum and are concerned about any of the above issues, call us now on (08) 9770 1107 or book online, to protect your pelvic floor and ensure a good recovery from the pregnancy and birth.

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Covid-19/Coronavirus update


With the Covid-19 / Coronavirus pandemic the world is facing an uncertain and challenging time. As your healthcare partner, we understand and share the concern and anxiety you may feel about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bunbury, WA, Australia and globally.

At Aspire Physiotherapy Bunbury the health and wellbeing of our clients and staff is always our highest priority.

To ensure we can continue to offer the high-quality physiotherapy service our clients have become accustomed to, we are taking additional infection control measures to mitigate the risk of infection. The systems we have put in place are guided by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (our professional body) and the Department of Health, and will be monitored and updated accordingly as the pandemic evolves inline with their recommendations.

As a relatively small practice, the number of people we interact with is limited and considered low-volume. We have cancelled our group rehabilitation and pilates sessions and have spread out our appointment times to minimise the congregation of people and allow for our disinfection procedures between appointments. Clients have the option to wait in their car and be notified once the physiotherapist is available (simply phone us upon arrival).

As part of our infection control system we ask our clients to contact us by phone / email to reschedule their appointment if any of the following apply:

  • Symptoms including fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue and/or shortness of breath.
  • Recent travel (within 14 days of the scheduled appointment). 
  • Been in contact with person with confirmed Coronavirus in the last 14 days.

Please be vigilant, and if unsure please contact us before attending your appointment.

Thank you for your trust and support as we continue to keep our focus on the health and wellbeing of you and your family.

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