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
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.