Pre and Post-natal Physiotherapy treats the following conditions

  • Spinal and pelvic pain and instability
  • Mastitis and breast engorgement
  • Pelvic floor weakness and and disorders eg incontinence
  • Separated tummy muscles (rectus diastasis)
  • Back pain during pregnancy

Causes of Back Pain in Pregnant Women

Typically pain is felt where the pelvis meets your spine, at the sacroiliac joint or SIJ, in the lumbar spine or at the front of the pelvis where the two halves of the pelvic rim meet, the pubic symphysis.

Hormonal changes

Your body makes a hormone called relaxin during pregnancy which allows the ligaments of the pelvis to relax and the joints to become looser to prepare for the birth process. This same hormone can cause ligaments that support the spine to loosen, leading to instability and pain, especially if, prior to pregnancy, you had some existing weakness of the muscles supporting this region.

Muscle Separation

As the uterus expands, the rectus abdominis muscles, which run from the rib cage to the pubic bone, may separate along the center seam. This separation may worsen back pain.

Weight Gain

During a healthy pregnancy, women typically gain weight. As your spine must support this extra weight it can cause lower back pain. Pressure is also placed on the nerves and blood vessels in the pelvis and back.

Postural Changes

Pregnancy and your growing abdomen change your center of gravity, moving it forwards. Resulting and often unconscious adjustments in posture and your movements may also result in back pain/ strain.


Stress and heightened emotion can create muscle tension in the back, which could then be experienced as back pain or spasm.Your physiotherapist will carefully examine you, and determine the optimal treatment for you. Your physio will discuss your condition with you in plain English, and educate you on treatment options and strategies you can use to help yourself.   We have a specialised pregnancy treatment table to make it comfortable to lie on your stomach during treatment.

Treatment options may include

  • Massage
  • Joint Mobilisation
  • Taping
  • Heat or Ice
  • Joint mobility and stability exercises
  • Postural education and improvement
  • Pregnancy support prescription
  • Clinical pilates

To book with our Physiotherapists who have a special interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy on the Gold Coast, call us today on 5535 5218.

Our Pre and Post-natal Physiotherapy Gurus

Ceridwen Way

Director & Principal Physiotherapist

Natali Zantvoort

Senior Physiotherapist

Katrina King

Senior Physiotherapist

Christina Zaki

Christina Zaki


Stefanie Gawlik

Stefanie Gawlik


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Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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