Osteopathic treatment is a safe and gentle approach to assisting your body to adapt to ongoing changes. These changes include a surge in various hormones that help relax the ligaments and muscles of your pelvis to allow childbirth and are not just directed to your pelvis. As a result, you will notice changes throughout your body. Your centre of gravity will shift as you tummy expands and in response spine and rib cage will lift and flare. You will also be carrying an extra 8-12 kilos as the pregnancy continues.
Every pregnant body is different, but you may find that areas of discomfort include:
- Lower back pain
- Rib pain
- Hip pain (especially at night)
- Pubic pain
- Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy (PGIP)
- Upper back and neck tension
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Leg Cramps
The beauty of the pregnant body is you will find it responds with little help. A thorough assessment and some careful testing results in targeted, pain-free treatment for your individual presentation. Additionally, addressing any problems during the pregnancy may facilitate an easier birth.
Osteopathic treatment is also beneficial post-partum in assisting the body to return to its normal functioning and adjusting to life with your new baby. The pelvic floor, rib cage, neck and shoulders during breastfeeding and lower back are all well managed with osteopathic care.