Pregnancy, Pain and Osteopathy

Pregnant women respond far quicker to treatment than those who aren’t pregnant. Osteopathy is safe at all times during pregnancy

Common pain problems in pregnancy that we can treat include:

  • Backache / Sciatica
  • Pubic Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Heartburn
  • Breathing Difficulty / Rib Pain
  • Swollen Ankles / Varicosities

The dramatic changes in posture and weight of the uterus during pregnancy can lead to aches and pains in your back and legs. This is caused by increased tension in the back muscles and irritation of the lumbar and sacro-iliac joints.

Also, any problems you had prior to your pregnancy may be highlighted. Using a variety of gentle techniques to ease supporting muscles and ligaments we can help relieve these problems.

How Osteopathy can help you in the prenatal and postnatal stages of your pregnancy:

  • Preparing you for the demands of labour
  • Helping you to recover after birth
  • Is osteopathy safe during pregnancy?

An important part of preparation for childbirth is to ensure the mother’s pelvis is structurally balanced to allow for delivery. Previous problems with the pelvic bones, coccyx or sacrum can leave increased tension in the muscles and ligaments. This can affect the ability of the pelvis to expand during delivery and allow the smooth and efficient passage of the baby.

Prevention of tears and trauma is the aim of all midwives, obstetricians, and other birthing practitioners, and osteopathic treatment may help limit the eventual trauma onto the perineum and pelvic floor.

Osteopathic treatment is effective at releasing old strains within the pelvis, thus giving the best chance of an easy and uncomplicated labour.