Physiotherapy

Inpatient Service

A physiotherapist routinely visits the postnatal wards Monday to Friday. Ladies who have had a caesarean section, an assisted delivery or a 3rd degree tear are seen to be provided with advice and exercises to aid recovery. Other women may be referred by a midwife as necessary.

All postnatal women should receive a ‘Fit For The Future’ leaflet to provide them with useful advice to aid recovery.Consultants or midwives may also refer women on the antenatal ward for musculoskeletal or chest problems.

Antenatal and Postnatal Musculoskeletal Outpatients

Women may be referred for assessment and advice of various musculosketal problems associated with pregnanacy. These may include:

  • PGP (pelvic girdle pain)
  • Back pain (lumbar and thoracic)
  • Rib flare
  • Pregnancy related carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Diastasis rectus abdominus (separation of the abdominal muscles)
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • Incontinence or prolapse

Babies

The ward physiotherapist may be asked to assess and advise on a baby presenting with positional talipes, torticollis or brachial plexus injury. If required, we will then refer onwards to a paediatric physiotherapist.

Antenatal Education

Together with the midwives, physiotherapists are involved in teaching of antenatal classes. In session 1 (between 15-20 weeks) advice is given on keeping your body healthy in pregnancy. In the later sessions (commenced around 30-32 weeks) advice is given on perineal massage, coping skills for labour and delivery and baby development.

How to access the Service

Access to the outpatient service is by written referral only. The referral can be made by:

  • Your midwife
  • Your GP
  • Your consultant                                                                                             

Once you have reached the top of the waiting list you will be contact by letter or telephone to arrange an appointment time suitable to you. Your referral may be transferred to another women’s health physiotherapy team closer to your home address.

Location of Service

The outpatient physiotherapy department is located on the first floor of Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital.

Contact us on:  028 9063 5722 (between 8.30am and 5pm). Or leave a message on 028 9063 3593 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Further Information

There a number of useful resources available from our physiotherapy department, click on the leaflets below for more information.

Advice and Exercises During Pregnancy

Back Care in Pregnancy

Breathing for Pregnancy and Labour

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Exercising During Pregnancy

Massage

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises 

Perineal Massage

Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain