OSTEOPATHY FOR MUMS TO BE
Osteopathic treatment offers a gentle way of helping the body adapt to the changes which are taking place during pregnancy, helping to relieve aches and pains as the mother’s body tries to accommodate the growing baby.
Osteopathy can provide non invasive alleviation from any discomfort, tension or mechanical pain, and or any other problems you may have. Osteopathy is safe for you and your baby.
Conditions which women who are pregnant commonly complain of include:
- Generalised muscular back pain
- Mechanical neck aches and headaches
- Symphasis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) quite common in pregnancy, where you experience pain or discomfort at the front of the pelvis in the joint.
- Sciatica and leg pain associated with low back pain.
- Sacro Iliac Joint (SIJ) pain – presenting as pain in the low back
- Rib and thoracic spinal pain leading to breathlessness and difficulty breathing deeply
Low back pain and pelvic pain are common in pregnancy. During pregnancy, it may prove difficult to exercise and stress your body physically when you are experiencing back symptoms and may not otherwise like the idea of taking any medication.
Examination and treatment will encompass a unique process for each individual implicit in osteopathy, beginning with an extensive case history and an obstetric case history to see if treatment will be suitable for you in this way. Treatment and management focuses on addressing the areas of the body and spine that will be going through changes in the coming months; and by facilitating this normal physiological change, then the change can take place with the minimum stress and discomfort leading to a more natural and easy pregnancy.
Often many expectant mothers will visit an osteopath for preventative treatment. This will address and manage the postural changes that happen during pregnancy due to increase in weight, change in body shape and change in spinal mechanics.
Postnatal appointments will help to address the pelvic bone alignment that will have changed during and after labour and manage any other symptoms. The mother is usually advised to return after 6 weeks after birth for a post-natal check up.