Pain in pregnancy is common, but should not be accepted as normal. Due to the influence of hormones relaxing the joints, a pregnant woman is more likely to suffer aches and strains. The dramatic change in posture and weight of the uterus during pregnancy can lead to pain in the lower back or legs. This is caused by increased tension in the back muscles and irritation of the lumbar and sacro-iliac joints.
Is osteopathic manipulation safe during pregnancy?
An important part of preparation for childbirth is to ensure the mother’s pelvis is structurally balanced for delivery. Osteopathic treatment can help release old strains within the pelvis, thus giving a better chance of an easy and uncomplicated labor.* As hospital-trained medical doctors, osteopaths study the specific adaptations that occur during pregnancy and learn techniques that are safe yet effective. Osteopathy is safe at all times during pregnancy.*
Some pregnancy conditions we help with:
- Back pain / sciatica
- Breathing difficulty / rib pain
- Swollen ankles
- Post-partum depression
Mom’s recovery after birth…
Breastfeeding can cause problems with the neck and shoulders for Mom, and osteopathy can help through treatment of the neck, ribs, shoulders and surrounding muscles. We can also advise you on lifting, feeding postures and re-strengthening exercises for your back, abdomen and pelvic floor muscles. Gentle treatment of the newborn can also facilitate a more normal transition to breastfeeding and to help settle the infant for improved sleeping patterns…and this can help Mom sleep better too!