Ashley is one of our two Certified Athletic Therapists. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2012 and has been with our team for six years now!
After the birth of her son in 2016, Ashley realized there were not a lot of resources for new moms looking to recover from pregnancy and child birth, or in her case, an emergency C-section.
This triggered Ashley’s interest and studies in postnatal recovery.
Through an assortment of treatment techniques, Ashley has been able to help her clients with injuries that can occur from pregnancy and delivery.
Some of these common injuries include:
Pain from delivery;
Pain from an epidural or spinal injection;
Pain or discomfort in the neck, shoulders, and arms (from breast feeding or lifting your
Cesarean scar pain and healing (even years later!);
Diastasis Recti Abdominis (again even years later!);
Pelvic pain or pelvic floor dysfunction;
Low back pain and;
Feelings of instability in the pelvis or back.
Here are some at home tips she has given:
For cesarean section scars, using your hands, move the scar in all the directions! If it feels painful or
uncomfortable, just place your hand on the scar with a gentle pain free pressure. Note that scar mobilization can start once the incision is healed (usually around 4-6 weeks)
How to check if you have a diastasis
o Laying on your back with your knees bent, place your fingers on your midline
above and below your belly button.
o Lift your head slightly and feel if an indentation or doming occurs along your
midline. If there is doming, or if there is an indentation (more than 2 fingers
wide), you may need treatment.
**note: Diastasis happens in 100% of pregnancies. It is NORMAL.
Some theories suggest that diastasis needs to happen to allow room for the baby. Most of the time, the diastasis will go away on its own. If it doesn’t, there are some things we
can do to help it along.
So if you are dealing with any postnatal type of conditions, and would like to hear more, or are interested in booking a consult with Ashley, you can contact the clinic at 204-951-6887.
Note that Ashley is still offering online video appointments due to Covid concerns.