Yasmin from the blog The Carey Mum reviews a physiotherapy session at Koster Clinic in Dubai...
21 October 2019| Last updated on 22 October 2019
"Who needs Physiotherapy anyway?"
If you ask a Physiotherapist this question the answer will be ‘everyone’… I mean, you get your teeth checked at the dentist so why not keep your body in check with a physiotherapist? For me, the need for Physiotherapy became more apparent after having children. I recently had baby number two just 3 months ago.
Since, pre and post-natal aches, pains, and niggles has become so bad that some days I literally feel like I can’t walk… And having spoken to my friends, I know that I’m not the only one!
To help me with my pains, I headed to Koster Clinic. Koster Clinic is based in Dubai, and they specialize in lots of rehabilitation treatments, including Physiotherapy. Their facilities include free parking along with professional and welcoming staff! The clinic itself is clean and comfortable. There’s even a little kids corner in-case you need to take little ones along with you. We all know that it’s not always easy to be child free for appointments.
During my session, I saw Physiotherapist Olivia Faujour. She was so welcoming and made me feel at ease instantly. Before any physical assessment took place she asked me a series of questions to get a full understanding of my concerns and medical background. I explained my backaches, shoulders, neck, and abdominal pains since having an emergency C-section. She adjusted her questions depending on my answers to ensure that all concerns and issues were covered, i.e. postnatal led her to ask about the pelvic floor and she explained to me what happens post-birth, and what I can do to strengthen pelvic muscles.
She also explained some of the issues I’ve been having and what might be causing them, i.e. back and shoulder pain, she suggested a different way of feeding the baby by using a pillow to support the weight of the baby as opposed to using my shoulders and arms. This applied to me even though I’m bottle feeding. It really was an eye-opener all the little things she said and the tips and tricks she gave me.
My physical assessment at Koster Clinic
We then went on to the physical assessment and massage. My posture is awful from years of feeding and carrying endless things like strollers, car seats and of course kids! Not to mention constantly looking down at my phone which I think we’re all guilty of at times! She really relaxed and loosened by shoulder, neck and back muscles. She knew exactly where my aches and pains were and the route of the problem.
Following this, we did some posture and breathing work. You can see here my before and after pictures and the difference! Try this as you’re reading; drop your shoulders, pull your shoulder blades back and stomach in whilst exhaling! It’s harder than it sounds, isn’t it! I’ve been making a conscious effort to do this since Faujour told me, I find it quite difficult and often forget but you’ve got to start somewhere right?!
What's next for me?
I’m hoping to carry on my sessions at Koster Clinic with Physiotherapist Olivia Faujour as well as continuing my exercises at home. The pre and post natal journey is amazing but it’s also really strenuous on our bodies. And when our little loves arrive we often forget about taking care of ourselves too. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my session at Koster Clinic it’s that Physiotherapy is just as vital as dental check ups and that I need to make more time for it!
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