Osteopathy Treatment during pregnancy
If you have experienced back or pelvic pain during pregnancy, you are not alone, and osteopathy may help. Seventy-six percent of pregnant women report back pain at some time during pregnancy (4). Besides, according to estimates, seventy percent of women experience low back pain, and twenty percent suffer pelvic girdle pain (2), during pregnancy.
Throughout pregnancy, a woman’s body will undergo many changes that can have an effect on daily functioning. In other words, the softening of ligaments due to the presence of relaxing, weight increase – an average of 10-12kg (5), and changes in posture can lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of the body, including the spine and pelvis.
It is important to consider the position and the size of the baby; as this can have an impact on the mother’s posture and movement.
Osteopaths are regulated, primary healthcare professionals, who are trained in therapeutic techniques to treat a wide range of individuals, including pregnant women. Your osteopath will carry out a screening, and refer you to a doctor or midwife if necessary.
What can I expect during the treatment?
An osteopath works under the understanding that there may be a number of contributing factors to your symptoms.
They will assess the area producing the symptom as well as associated areas that may be contributing to the issue.
It is important to realise that the function and structure of the body are important.
Gentle and effective manipulation of the joints and soft tissues could help to relieve the stresses and strains on your body during pregnancy and after birth.
We hope this information was useful for you. If you have any questions about it or want to book an appointment please contact us. We are only a 3 minute walk away from Angel Station. We are always happy to help.