Osteopathy and Pregnancy
Osteopathy is a safe and effective approach to assess and treat the biomechanical dysfunctions that may be affecting the body’s ability to adjust to a growing baby.
Most pregnant women experience at least one of the common pregnancy-related ailments that lead to discomfort or pain, including:
• Lower back and pelvic pain
• Rib pain
• Heart burn
• Shortness of breath
These ailments are often classed as minor issues of pregnancy as they pose little to no threat to the baby or the mother long-term. For the pregnant woman experiencing this pain, it can be unpleasant and significantly impact her quality of life.
Pregnancy has profound effects on every system in the body resulting in changes to blood volume, digestion, organ function, the nervous system, hormone levels and the musculoskeletal system.
Osteopathy helps improve circulation,lymphatic drainage and digestion as well as decreasing pain in areas of joint restriction and muscle strain. By improving the functioning of the body, osteopathy assists women throughout their pregnancy, in preparation for delivery and immediately post-partum.