Harpenden Physiotherapy is pleased to announce the launch of the new Mummy MOT service as part of our expanding womenâ€™s health services.
A Mummy MOT is a detailed post-natal assessment recommended for all women following the delivery of their child, whether at six weeks or many years after giving birth, which aims to address any physiological issues that women might face.
Helen Goodson, our Clinical Director at Harpenden Physiotherapy said: â€œWeâ€™re delighted to be able to offer the accredited Mummy MOT assessments. We hope to welcome lots of mums, both old and new, to the clinic to help them get back to peak health and fitness after the birth of their child.â€
Our Mummy MOT Approved Practitioner
The Mummy MOT sessions at Harpenden Physiotherapy will be run by Clare Johnston, an approved Mummy MOT practitioner. Clare trained in Womenâ€™s Health Physiotherapy and has an advanced certificate in the treatment of the pelvic floor. She is a member of POGP (Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy).
Half of all women have a weakness in either their tummy or pelvic floor area, while over a third suffer from chronic pelvic pain after giving birth. This creates instability and poor core strength and results in altered transfer load, back pain, pelvic pain, bladder, and bowel weaknessâ€ says Clare.
â€œA Mummy MOT will help women avoid these distressing and often embarrassing symptoms. It will also give them guidance on the key areas to concentrate on, including restorative exercises, following childbirth.â€
What does a Mummy MOT include?
The Mummy MOT will assess the strength and function of the tummy and pelvic floor muscles to help prevent long-term childbirth-related complaints. It includes a one-hour post-natal assessment, an in-depth check of a mumâ€™s pelvic floor strength and tummy gap, as well as an evaluation of any physical problems arising from pregnancy and birth.
A bespoke post-natal recovery programme will be devised by Clare Johnston, to incorporate a motherâ€™s lifestyle and fitness goals. The Post Natal Pelvic Floor and Core Restoration course programme will run over six sessions and include specific and safe post-natal exercises to improve stability, posture and core strength.
What does the programme consist of?
Once the Clare has identified your specific needs, the devised programme incorporates the use of rollers, theraband, and swiss balls to help to improve the strength and function of important stabilizing muscles. As part of the Mummy MOT Clare will also be able to advise on any additional therapies that will compliment recoveries such as relaxation techniques and massage.
Find Out More
If you would like to talk to us about booking in, or would more information take a look at our dedicated Mummy MOT page.
As always, we at Harpenden Physiotherapy are happy to answer any questions to make sure our patients are fully informed and at ease about their treatment.
If you have any particular queries, you can get in touch with our womenâ€™s health specialist and Mummy MOT practitioner Clare by calling 01582 761 448 or sending us a message via our contact form.