Pregnancy is a time of great change physically, hormonally and emotionally within the mothers body. The body must adapt to carrying the increased load of the baby which can create physical strains on the tissues and organs as well prepare emotionally for the arrival of a child.
Osteopathy helps to support the natural pregnancy process. It aims to maximise the body's ability to adjust and to compensate for the physical, chemical and emotional changes occurring as efficiently as possible with a minimum amount of pain and discomfort.
As the pregnancy progresses the body changes posturally to accommodate the increasing size and weight of the uterus and hormonal changes also allow the ligaments to begin to relax in preparation for the baby to pass through the birth canal. Any pre-existing back problems may make it more difficult for the body to adapt to this process, and may result in aches and pains in any area of the body.
Lower back pain is the most common complaint Osteopaths treat as a result of the changes during pregnancy but Osteopathy can also help with:
Osteopathic treatment to release tension and help the body to make the necessary postural changes more easily, often makes the pregnancy much more comfortable. Gentle osteopathic techniques are very beneficial and perfectly safe at all stages of pregnancy.
After Birth the body undergoes a recovery process due to the effects of the delivery and pregnancy. Whenever the balance of the body is disrupted due to a difficult delivery or problems during pregnancy then the body may struggle to recover fully.
Osteopathic treatment can restore that balance and help you to return to a normal active lifestyle.