OSTEOPATHY FOR PREGNANCY

By Ali Simpson

During and after pregnancy, a mother’s body goes through significant changes.

These changes can no doubt bring many emotions including excitement, however, they can also cause the woman to experience pain.

HORMONAL CHANGES

Hormonal changes during pregnancy have significant effects on the body.

As a pregnancy progresses, the ligaments within the body soften. Ligaments around the pelvis in particular, become more susceptible to strain.

Some common complaints associated with this that osteopathic treatment may be able to help include:

      • Sacroiliac joint pain
      • Pubic symphysis pain
      • Sciatica
      • Headaches
      • Swollen joints

PHYSICAL AND POSTURAL CHANGES

During pregnancy, the body undergoes physical changes to accommodate the growing foetus.

Consequently, pregnant women encounter many postural changes. The woman’s centre of gravity shifts and she may begin to arch more through her lower back causing discomfort, aches, pain or swelling. 

It is also common for new mums to experience back and neck pain related to feeding, carrying and lifting babies and prams/capsules, and stress. 

COMMON PREGNANCY-RELATED COMPLAINTS

Common pregnancy-related complaints that Osteopaths can see may include: 

      • Neck and shoulder pain

      • Headaches

      • Back pain

      • Hip pain

      • Pelvic girdle pain

      • Pubic symphysis pain

      • Pelvic instability

      • Pelvic floor weakness or spasm

      • Carpal tunnel syndrome

      • Gluteal strain

      • Plantar fasciitis

HOW WILL AN OSTEOPATH HELP?

Your Osteopath will ask you questions relating to your pregnancy and complaints. 

Next they will perform a physical assessment, asking you to do certain movements.

Finally the Osteopath will discuss and explain the likely cause of your presentation.

Giving you appropriate treatment and management strategies to relieve your symptoms.

WHAT SORT OF TREATMENT DO OSTEOPATHS USE?

Osteopaths may use a variety of techniques including:

      • Massage
      • Mobilisation and Articulation
      • Stretching
      • Muscle Energy Techniques
      • Rehabilitation and Strength Work

The Osteopath may prescribe appropriate strength work for the pre and post natal women. 

This may include exercises for the:

      • Core
      • Pelvic floor
      • Gluteal (bottom) muscles
      • Back muscles – both upper, middle and lower
      • Feet – including balance and proprioceptive work

Your Osteopath may also give you information and advice on things you can do at home to help with recovery.

This can include:

      • Taping
      • Bracing
      • Equipment such as massage relief balls, foam rollers and thera-bands
      • Application of heat or ice packs

Each woman will have different pre and post natal experiences.

Due to this, each patient will be treated as per their stage or pregnancy or post natal period, as well as their individual body needs, pains and requirements.

If you would like to learn more about how to best manage your pregnancy related pain, book an appointment with Ali Simpson today!

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