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Why visit an osteopath during pregnancy?

During pregnancy enormous physical, chemical and emotional changes take place over a relatively short period of time. The body has to get used to carrying up to 20lb/10kg of baby, waters, and placenta, which can impose a great physical strain on the organs, tissues, joints, and ligaments of the body.

The action of hormones during pregnancy soften the ligaments of the body so that the bones of the pelvis can separate slightly during the delivery. However, this softening affects the whole body and makes it more vulnerable to strain.

Osteopathic treatment while pregnant can ease some of the symptoms typically associated with pregnancy including:

  • Aches and pains (back pain, neck and shoulder pain, muscular tension)
  • Groin, lower abdominal pain
  • Pubic symphysis pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Sciatica

How does an osteopath treat you in pregnancy?

Osteopaths use a variety of techniques such as joint articulations, postural advice, and exercises, stretching, soft tissue, visceral and fascial techniques, all applied in a gentle, safe and non-invasive way.

How does treatment help you?

There are many ways our pregnant clients benefit from treatment. This maybe a relief from structural pain in their back, pelvis, and neck, improvements in some of the more common symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, swelling, and fatigue. Many have benefited from having a breech baby turn or a tricky pelvis realigned to optimise birth.

About the author: Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa opened The elbowroom in February 2003. Mother to Tuilelaith and Sean, director of The elbowroom and with a crew of over 60 staff, she is a busy bee. Lisa leads a team committed to bringing health and vitality to all of her clients. Lisa currently teaches in our yoga training programs and oversees pregnancy yoga and mum & baby yoga. Lisa works hard developing healthy food choices for Yin & Tonic @ The elbowroom. She specialises paediatric and pregnancy with workshops, yoga therapy, and craniosacral therapy.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.