Pregnancy is a time when women are most aware of the workings of their body. It is the largest postural change that a woman's body will undergo.
For many years, osteopaths have used their skills to help relieve the aches and pains caused by weight and posture changes during and after pregnancy.
For many women pregnancy means having to cope with a whole range of symptoms, from back pain to morning sickness.
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As the baby grows in the womb, its extra weight results in a changed centre of gravity, with postural changes from week to week. This may leads to back pain, pelvic pain and leg pain in the pregnant woman. As breast weight increases, this also causes postural changes - and pain may occur in the upper back, shoulders and neck.
At the Broomhill Clinic patients seek treatment throughout their pregnancy, to help their body to adapt to the changes which are taking place.
The safety of mother and baby is our first concern. After a thorough assessment, gentle osteopathic treatment may help to relieve the aches and pains caused by the changes in posture of the mother, helping to accommodate the growth in size of the baby.
Advice from an osteopath can help you to manage your postural changes, and learn how to use your body most efficiently through pregnancy. At the Broomhill Clinic we can also help to ease other side effects of pregnancy, including pelvic pain and sciatic pain. Additionally, there is a good evidence base for the effectiveness of acupuncture for morning sickness.
Osteopathy can provide relief from:
v Low back, pelvic and leg pain
v Neck and shoulder pain
v Discomfort around the ribs, chest and diaphragm
v Wrist pain
v Post-natal problems of the coccyx
Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy is not new. For many years, osteopaths have used their skills to help - employing gentle rhythmic relaxation and soft tissue techniques, to ease supporting muscles and ligaments.
Every pregnancy is 'special'. We focus on the mother as a person and take account of her emotional state and other factors, as well as her physical condition.
Treatment may be supplemented by exercises and other forms of self-help, which the osteopath may prescribe for the mother to do at home.
After delivery it is advised that mother returns for structural examination, advice and check-ups, and if necessary, for treatment.
Useful Tips During Pregnancy
Look after your back during pregnancy. Take particular care when lifting and carrying - especially lifting other children or carrying shopping. Do not carry a small child on one hip for any length of time. Ask your osteopath for simple back stretching exercises.
If you stand for any length of time, keep your bottom 'tucked in' to reduce the curvature of the lower part of your spine.
When sitting, use a cushion for support and don't sit with your legs crossed. Avoid twisting movements. These may cause torsional strain within the pelvis.
Lying on your side in bed, place a pillow under 'the bump' to provide support and also put a pillow between your knees to prevent back strain. If you prefer to lie on your back, place pillows beneath your knees to keep them bent.
Buy a pram with handles at a comfortable height for you.
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