Osteopathy and Pregnancy

 

 

It is common for many women to experience back or pelvic pain during pregnancy. Other symptoms may include; hip pain, sciatica, aching feet, neck pain, or shortness of breath. These are all normal occurrences during pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean you need to experience them. Osteopathic treatment may help to relieve the discomfort or pain associated with these.

What happens to the body during pregnancy?

  • The abdomen and breasts grow, increasing weight at the front of the body. This causes a shift in the centre of gravity resulting in an increased curvature of the low back.
  • The hormone relaxing is released to allow pelvic ligaments to loosen. Whilst necessary to prepare the body for birth, it can lead to pelvic and other joint instability.
  • As the uterus grows, abdominal muscles stretch and there is more strain on the pelvic floor muscles.
  • The body is continually adapting and compensating for the above changes, not just the low back and pelvis, but throughout the whole body which can lead to pain or discomfort.

At Blackburn Osteopathy we use gentle techniques such as stretching and joint mobilisation to assist the natural process the body undergoes to adapt to the changes mentioned above. Osteopathic treatment can help ensure the body is optimally aligned and functioning prior to the birth.

It is also important to see your Blackburn osteopath postnatally as we can help with any spinal or pelvic misalignment which may have occurred during the birth process. Caring for your baby can be associated with neck and back pain due to feeding posture, lifting, and poor sleeping habits. Your Blackburn Osteopath can advise you when it is safe to commence gentle postnatal treatment.