Osteopaths treat pregnant women, working alongside GPs, midwives, Obstetricians and other allied health professionals with the aim to improve mobility and reduce biomechanical issues causing pain before, during and after giving birth.
Pregnant women frequently experience pelvic pain, lower back pain, neck and upper back pain, rib pain / difficulty taking a deep breath, reflux and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Different stresses and strains occur during pregnancy due to the rapid changes in the woman’s body. Osteopaths have studied extensively at university level in the study of Anatomy and Physiology and Osteopathic treatment aims to address free motion and alignment of the body framework and its relationship to organ function, circulation, and the nervous system.
Post-partum mothers frequently experience issues with the pelvic floor muscles. Osteopaths are trained to assess and treat the parts of the pelvis where the pelvic floor muscles attach and can determine whether there are any areas of increased tension or weaknesses that may benefit from Osteopathic treatment.
Osteopaths also care for mothers after giving birth due to the strain placed on the body associated with feeding-postures / prolonged sitting and the process of giving birth.