LCHS Trust pilot physiotherapy service for pregnant women

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has launched a pilot physiotherapy service for pregnant women in Skegness.

The pilot started in June 2021, to help alleviate common ailments during pregnancy, such as back and pelvic discomfort. A woman's body goes through incredible physical and hormonal changes before and after delivery. This can mean that even simple day-to-day activities can become uncomfortable.

The discomfort associated with pregnancy is something that has been accepted as a normal part of the pregnancy process, but there are methods to make this easier to deal with. Physiotherapy throughout pregnancy is thought to be extremely beneficial for remedying the common discomforts.

Faye Button, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, at LCHS, said: “We are so pleased to be bringing this pilot to Skegness one day a week. Most women think they have to put up with these problems, such as pelvic pains when pregnant, or little leakages after having given birth, so we are really excited to spread the word that they don’t need to suffer in silence, and they can improve the quality of their life.”

Pregnant women from 16 weeks up to one year after giving birth, are now able to get physiotherapy support in Skegness through the physiotherapy pilot service.

The service can help to relieve the following conditions:

•             Lower back pain caused by a shift in the mother's centre of gravity as the baby grows

•             Issues with the bony pelvis

•             Neck pain and headaches due to changes in posture

•             Bladder leakage during pregnancy and after delivery due to strained pelvic muscles

•             Stretching of the abdominal walls leading to back pain

•             Joint mobility

•             Muscle imbalances and strengths

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