Pregnancy doesn’t have to feel painful!
Pregnancy is such a special time for an expecting mother. Your body will undergo significant changes in a relatively short space of time. To adapt to changes in size and weight, your body releases a hormone called relaxen, which allows ligaments throughout your body to soften and stretch. This assists your posture to adjust and adapt as your baby grows.
Pregnancy-related pain could be completely relieved or greatly reduced, even in the third trimester!
As your pregnancy progresses, the extra weight creates a shift in your body’s balance & your supporting ligaments soften. Look at the diagram to the right and check out the changes occurring in your spinal curves. These factors add stress to your body, causing problems such as spinal and pelvic pain, sciatica, shortness of breath & rib pain. Once given birth, your body has to re-adjust to its old ways. It’s no wonder women experience pregnancy-related pain.
What can an Osteo do for you?
Our osteopaths will help support these postural changes by identifying regions in your body that are either not moving or moving too much. We use a variety of gentle techniques. Our techniques aim to improve mobility, relieve stress in muscles, tendons and ligaments, giving your body the potential to adjust throughout your pregnancy.Osteopathy involves treatment of the muscles, joints & ligaments using soft tissue massage, joint mobilising and re-alignment of the pelvis and spine.
Osteopathic treatment may help keep your body aligned while pregnant, & potentially maintain your mobility to aide in the birthing process.
How can you treat me with my bump on the front?
We use ‘Belly Pillow’ (big cushions with a hole cut out of the middle) which allows you to lie comfortably on your tummy for your treatment! Most women find that lying on their front is a welcomed change of position. But don’t worry…if it’s not for you…we just treat you the “old-school” way…lying on your side.
Can osteopathy help prepare you for labour?
Possibly. During labour a healthy pelvis will increase in size by up to 30 per cent (don’t worry, women are designed for this!!). It is still a tight fit though, and any extra space will be beneficial. Trauma to your pelvis, tail-bone (coccyx) and/or sacrum throughout life can limit the ability of the bones to separate and move out of the way during labour. Our osteopaths diagnose and treat old restrictions in your pelvis and lower back that may compromise your pelvis’ ability to open up during labour.
Previous injuries and trauma may limit your body’s ability to adapt, creating a vulnerability to aches and pains during pregnancy. During treatment it is often necessary to release chronic stress and strain from these past injuries and trauma, especially in your pelvis and lower back. This could relieve the discomfort you are experiencing, & can also reduce the chance of a recurrence by encouraging greater mobility and reduced tension.
Although a natural process, labour is physically demanding and can place great strain on the mother’s body. The position of the pelvic bones is easily altered during childbirth due to the pelvic ligaments being in such a relaxed state (due to a hormone called “relaxin”). This may cause localised, short-term discomfort in your lower back and pelvis post-partum, & can also have longer-term implications as the rest of your body tries to accommodate this new imbalance.
Osteopathic treatment can assist the mother in returning to normal by releasing strains from both pregnancy and labour. Treatment aims to remove tension, help the mother cope with broken sleep, identify any new strains that occur due to breastfeeding, and lifting, and potentially prevents future problems by realigning the spine and pelvis.
Why choose us??
Our practitioners have considerable experience with pregnancy and have been working with midwives and obstetricians for a number of years helping women just like you.
Pregnancy Issues we treat…
Lower back pain
Sciatica (pain down the legs)
Pubic symphysis pain
Shoulder and upper back pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
For your comfort we use “Belly Pillow” to allow you lie face-down for treatment.