Osteopathic treatment is a safe, gentle and drug-free approach used to help ease aches and pain in pregnant women. During pregnancy, women can suffer many ailments which are suitable for osteopathic treatment including; low back pain, pubic symphysis diastasis (PSD), neck and shoulder pain, headaches and rib pain. During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes significant postural changes which can have a profound effect on the daily functioning of the pregnant patient. Osteopathy can help support pregnant women to better cope with these changes both during and after pregnancy.
It is estimated that more than 2/3 of pregnant women experience low-back pain and almost 1/5 experience pelvic pain. At Better Health Osteopathy, we treat pregnant patients on a daily basis, using gentle and safe osteopathic treatment as it can help to:
Ease low back and pelvic pain
Ease some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy
Prepare the body for the demands of labour
Assist the mother to recover post delivery
What Techniques Are Used During Treatment?
Gentle osteopathic techniques are utilised during treatment. They involve massage, myofascial stretching, manipulation, and articulation of joints. Treatment aims to ensure that the pelvic bones and muscles are aligned and balanced, providing optimum conditions for positioning, descent, and passage of the baby through the birth canal during delivery. I regularly teach breathing techniques, stretches, and exercises you can do throughout your pregnancy to help with the delivery and encourage overall health and wellbeing.
Do I Need a Referral?
You do not need a referral to see an Osteopath. However, your midwife may suggest osteopathic treatment, depending on your condition.