Osteopathic care is an excellent choice for pre-natal and post-natal care and may be able to assist with neck, upper back, shoulder, lower back and hip pain. Your osteopath may also be able to help reduce fluid retention, and relieve mobility, postural, and breathing issues encountered in late term pregnancy. Additionally, following birth, you may find osteopathic care helpful to relieve muscle and joint strain associated with nursing and breast feeding your baby.
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, 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 as a direct result of pregnancy irrespective of pre-existing conditions. In the course of any pregnancy, however ‘normal’ or ‘symptom free’, we recommend that you attend a consultation with an osteopath who is uniquely trained to assess any existing imbalances in the body.
Osteopathic care is an ideal approach to prepare the body for birth by eliminating strains and imbalances in the body ensuring harmony amongst body structures, so that the body may be as comfortable and functional as possible leading up to birth.
Research into the effects of Osteopathic Care during pregnancy has indicated that it may:
- Decrease use of forceps during delivery
- Decrease duration of labor
- 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 changing body leaning toward a safe and gentle approach that provides lasting results while seeking to reduce any risk associated with treatment. 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.