– The course of pregnancy brings forth a range of drastic structural, postural, and hormonal changes to the body. This is a natural and normal phenomenon however prior to and during the course of pregnancy many people will experience imbalance in the body causing pain, discomfort and a vast array of complications. In the course of any pregnancy however ‘normal’ or symptom free it is the gold standard recommendation to attend an osteopath who is uniquely trained to assess and existing or potential imbalances of the body before they develop into painful conditions.
Osteopathic care is an ideal approach to prepare the body for birth by eliminating strains and imbalances in the body ensuring a civil and co-ordinated relationship between body structures so that all elements are working toward a unified cause of good pain free body function and a safe birth.
Research into the effects of Osteopathic Care during pregnancy has indicated that it may:
- Decrease use of forceps during delivery
- Decrease duration of labour
- Decrease probability of preterm delivery
- Decrease probability of meconium-stained amniotic fluid
- Decrease low back pain
- Decrease SIJ dysfunction
- Decrease carpal tunnel syndrome
- Decrease blood pressure
- Decrease fluid overload
Osteopathic care at all stages of pregnancy is designed to support the changed body leaning toward a safe and gentle approach that provides excellent and lasting results. As in many cases with osteopathic care you are provided the opportunity to find what the problem is, fix it promptly, and maintain it so. Osteopathy will ensure correct alignment of all body structures especially of the spine, hip and shoulder girdles helping the body adapt to the ongoing change with the path of least resistance.
Advice around lifestyle choices and exercise will help you maintain a good level of tone and condition throughout your journey to childbirth reducing the chance of experiencing SIJ pain, pubic symphsitis, rib pain, diastasis recti (separation of your tummy muscles), incontinence, constipation, and pelvic organ prolapse. Additional osteopathic care is highly recommend to ensure a speedy recovery following child birth. In some instances further specialist referral is required, your osteopath is well qualified to recognize this and make the appropriate recommendation.