Returning to sport and sex after having a baby – with the help of physiotherapy!

Marika Hart – a musculoskeletal physiotherapist based in Perth, Australia – interviews Lori Forner – Women’s Health and Continence Physiotherapist in Brisbane, Australia.
They discuss what Women’s Health Physiotherapists do, how they treat and some of the outcomes that can be achieved.

I love this video, some of the points they discuss are not things that you may necessary speak openly about or know where / when to seek medical advice.

There discussion is thorough, so grab a cup of tea, relax and spend this time informing yourself. And as Marika says in the interview, you may hear some of this and think ‘ah this doesn’t really apply to me’ or you may be sitting on the fence about going to see a women Health Physiotherapist,  but after hearing their discussion and reviewing their case studies, you may relate to some symptoms and you never know it could be the first step you need to seek the proper medical help.

Its very important to look after yourself too mummies

To give you an idea these are the topics that are discussed throughout the video

Introduction About Lori and the interview topics
What a Women’s Health Physiotherapist does • The demographics of the clients that Lori treats
• Some of the other conditions that they treat that perhaps the general public is less aware of
• Some of the common complaints that they see in the pregnant and postnatal population
• How it can help women who have overactive pelvic floor muscles relax and have a better birth experience
What Is Normal In Those First Few Weeks After Having A Baby? • At what point should things settle down and continence be established?
The Assessment Process • When a client comes to see a WH physiotherapist, what are some of the questions they will ask?
• What do they do in the actual physical assessment?
• Real time ultrasound or internal examination?
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation • Some of the useful gadgets that can help
• Progression of pelvic floor exercises – from basic muscle contractions through to exercises on one leg and with bands.
• The importance of going beyond basic kegels and helping women return to function
Prolapses • How common are they?
• What are some of the risk factors?
• How does pelvic floor muscle retraining help reduce symptoms and even potentially the grade of prolapse?
• Who needs surgery and what is the recurrence rate after surgery?
Pessaries • What are they and how do they work?
• What do they look like? How often do you use them?
• Who can fit them?
• How can they help with symptoms of prolapse or incontinence?
When Can I Run or do Sport Again?! • Why the answer is so difficult
• Some of the variables you can manipulate when getting back into running
Case Study #1 – Pain With Intercourse • Client who had painful intercourse, even prior to pregnancy
• How relaxation, trigger point release and advice enabled this client to enjoy intercourse again
Case Study #2 – Postnatal Weak Pelvic Floor • Client who had a grade 3 tear and stitches who was keen to get back into bootcamp (?!) At 4-weeks postnatal
• How the use of pessaries and pelvic floor rehabilitation enabled this client to get back into the activities that she enjoyed
Details About Lori Forner • How to find Lori in Brisbane: Ground floor, 280 Adelaide St, Brisbane
• for more information about Lori and to access her podcast with Antony Lo (The Physio Detective)


Click on the link to view their interview

Once again thank you to Marika and for sharing some important pregnancy / postpartum information with us