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Hi, I'm Aby Tobin

The Strong MAMA Physio

This is my Story

I started out as a Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist having been a competitive 400m athlete. I was very used to pushing my body to the limits and being physically very able. When I became pregnant with my first I followed the guidance and continued with my exercise. I ran into my 3rd trimester and was lifting weights 3 days before I gave birth. My plan was to be running 8 weeks after birth and competing back on track within 9 months. I felt fine at the time, but then I had no pelvic floor or core awareness. We don't get taught about the pelvic system at Physio school

The result was 2 hours of pushing a baby through an over active pelvic floor, contributing to 3 tears. Not being someone to be defeated I then went on a 3 mile walk on day 3, a trip to IKEA on day 10 and attended a 30th birthday party on day 13. I kept this up until at 4 months post partum I was physically and mentally broken. I then started learning about this thing called the Pelvis and everything it contains and is attached to. This is where my journey into Pelvic Health Physiotherapy began...

All I kept thinking was that if I was struggling, as someone with a pretty in depth knowledge of the human body, then what were other women doing?! Starting to speak to other Mums at baby groups I realised so many were lost when it came to caring for their postnatal body. So I undertook training to qualify as a Pelvic Health Physio and became my first patient. I gradually built myself back up again before I fell pregnant again at 14 months post partum. 

This time I was keen to do things differently, so I changed my whole approach looking to combine my Pelvic Health knowledge with my Sports physio brain. I developed a training programme in which my target competition became labour. Everything I did was geared to preparing my body for what labour required and optimising my recovery afterwards. The 2nd birth and recovery could not have been more different, and now I want to share what has helped me with as many women as possible.

The Professional Bit

I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2015 from the University of Birmingham. I developed in the area of Sports Medicine working with fun runners to professional athletes. When I decided to pursue the Pelvic Health specialism I did further training in assessment and treatment methods, including the Mummy MOT. I have since become a the Rehab tutor on the Mummy MOT practitioner course.