Osteopathy Treatment for
Osteopathic treatment during and after pregnancy can be beneficial in a number of ways:
Easing some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy
Preparing for the demands of labour
Helping the mother to recover after birth
Common complaints that osteopathy can help with during pregnancy and after:
- Low back pain
- Coccyx pain
- Pelvic pain
- Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Head aches
- Rib pain
- Sacroiliac and hip pain
In the second half of pregnancy, postural changes accommodate the weight of the bump and breasts. The lumbar spine, hips and pelvis must all be free to move, in order to allow the postural adaptations to occur easily.
The change in weight bearing in pregnant women also put lots of stress around the upper half of the body and cervical spine pain and neck pain is not uncommon.
Osteopathy may assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth by aiding the body to adapt and align as the pregnancy progresses.
Pregnancy is a time when the body’s open to rapid change. It is a time when muscles and ligaments soften. Hormonal changes (the action of relaxing and oestrogen) increase fluid uptake in collagen fibres, making the spine and pelvis more flexible.
Sometimes symptoms or aches and pains are simply an expression of the body adapting to these changes. Pelvic Girdle Pain formerly known as SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) is common but not “normal”. The degree, location and type of pain varies. Some women experience mild discomfort, others can have severe pain, sleep disruption and difficulty with daily tasks. The degree of pain may be related to the degree of pelvic instability and the width of the pubic symphysis. Negotiating stairs, squatting or turning over in bed can all aggravate pubic pain. Osteopathy can help normalise and balance the pelvis thus reducing or if seen early enough even eliminating the symptoms of pelvic girdle pain.
During birth, a range of factors influences the descent of the baby through the pelvis. The mother’s pelvis may be twisted or rigid which can interfere with the baby’s passage through the birth canal.
Osteopathic treatment can help to align your body so that your pelvis and lower back mechanics are in the best possible position they can be and with as little tension or restriction as possible. Osteopathic treatment will maximise your body’s ability to change and support you and your baby with minimum pain and discomfort.
It is beneficial to have a pre-birth check and treatment at 37 to 38 weeks. This is to check the mobility of the pelvis, particularly the movement of the sacrum which has to move a considerable amount during delivery.
After giving birth, the body not only has to recover from the changes underwent during pregnancy, but also from the effects of delivery; it must also cope with the demands of having a new baby. Caring for a baby can place enormous strain on the back, during such activities as nursing in poor positions, lifting, car seats, reaching over the cot, or carrying a child on one hip.
Osteopathic treatment can help the mother to return to normal after birth by releasing strains from both pregnancy and labour. This allows her to relax and enjoy motherhood with less pains and aches.
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