Many physical changes occur during the course of the mother-to-be’s pregnancy. As the baby grows, postural & hormonal changes occur, as well as weight gain. This can add pressure to muscles & joints of the spine & pelvis. It is common for the mother to experience some pain & discomfort while pregnant.
There are many options to help alleviate this pain & discomfort – a safe & gentle option is Osteopathy.
WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopaths are allied health professionals who offer patient-centred approaches to healthcare and functional improvement, with emphasis on the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective-tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Osteopathy focuses on the overall health of the entire body, & not just solely on the problem area.
HOW CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP DURING PREGNANCY?
Osteopathy aims to assist mothers during their pregnancy by helping their bodies adapt & align during this natural pregnancy progress. Your Osteopath can not only help women adapt to these changes but also help prepare a woman’s body for labour. Osteopathic treatments can provide support & relief from common pregnancy complaints such as:
· Lower back pain
· Sciatic-type pain
· Neck & upper back pain
· Shoulder discomfort
· Gait issues
· Postural issues
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A PREGNANCY OSTEOPATH TREATMENT?
Osteopaths perform an evaluation of the body, paying close attention to the pelvis & spine, whilst taking into account any underlying conditions that may have an impact on the pregnancy as it progresses. No two pregnancies are necessarily alike, so a personalised treatment plan is chosen to individually cater to the mother’s specific needs & condition. Your Osteopath will use a range of hands-on techniques including:
· Soft-tissue massage
· Stretching muscles & joints
· Joint mobilisation
· Gentle pressure
· Encouraging muscles to work against resistance
· Simple exercises to continue at home
· Postural advice
HOW CAN OSTEOPATH HELP AFTER THE PREGNANCY?
Osteopathic treatment can be beneficial even after the baby is born, by helping the mother with post-pregnancy recovery, while they adapt to new postural changes, along with the recent shift in their body’s centre of gravity.
Osteopaths can advise on postural issues associated with feeding, sleeping, & general care of the newborn.
OUR OSTEOPATH DR. ANNE-MARIE NOBLE:
Anne-Marie is available every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at BodyActive from 12pm – 7pm.
You can contact her directly on 0417 509 120 or at the clinic on 9427 8848.
Alternatively, you can book online using the form from the link below: