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PREGNANCY

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.

 

Osteopathic treatment focuses on creating balance in the body to allow for the expansion required as the baby grows. We treat women from early on for conception support, preventative care and the treatment of pregnancy related pain and discomfort. During the 3rd trimester, treatment also addresses structures to ensure optimal foetal positioning for labour.  

In preparation for birth, Osteopaths address the pelvis and lower back and ensure alignment and reduced tension to help with expansion and space required for the process of birth.  The treatment focuses on allowing optimal biomechanics of the maternal pelvis to assist with delivery.


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.  

First Trimester

  • Morning sickness

  • Pelvic instability & pain

  • Lower back pain, rib pain, neck pain or headaches

  • Indigestion, reflux 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome 

Second Trimester

  • Pelvic floor issues 

  • Sacrum or Coccyx pain 

  • Sciatica or piriformis syndrome

  • Stress and postural strain  

Third Trimester

  • Birth preparation

  • Body alignment, especially the maternal pelvis

  • Baby position 

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