Pregnancy can be an exciting and enjoyable time, but back pain or discomfort associated with pregnancy can hamper this otherwise memorable time. A great deal of back pain that can develop during pregnancy can be dealt with effectively with treatment.
The Most Common Complaints Associated With Pregnancy:
- Lower Back Pain
- Sciatica (leg pain)
- Neck, Shoulder, Middle Back Pain
Early stages of pregnancy are often associated with symptoms such as nausea and morning sickness due to the hormonal changes in the body. This can also lead to headaches and fatigue.
However, as pregnancy progresses the babies weight increases causing a shift in the centre of gravity of the body. There is also a softening of muscles and the supporting ligaments to prepare for labour.
This change in the body leads to added mechanical stress, and can cause symptoms such as generalised low back pain, sciatica from pressure on the nerve due to the position of the baby, pubic symphysis or sacro-iliac joint pain from ligamentous instability and accentuation of the normal curves of the spine.
How Does Osteopathy Fit In?
Osteopathy teaches that the body structure and its function are inter-related. This distinctive way of thinking applies to treatment of almost any injury, of any condition or change in state of health. Pregnancy is no exception. The goal of osteopathic treatment is to assist this natural process, maximising the body’s ability to adjust and compensate for the changes as efficiently as possible.
Is It Safe?
Osteopathy has one of the best safety records of any medically related profession. The techniques used during pregnancy are carefully selected in order to minimise the risk. These techniques are gentle and the comfort of the mother is always assured.
Can Osteopathy Influence The Birth?
The descent of the baby through the pelvis is determined by a number of factors such as ligament laxity, gravity, position of the baby, and a number of others. If the mother’s pelvis is mechanically unstable or is lacking mobility, it may interfere with the baby’s passage through the birth canal making labour more difficult. Osteopathic treatment helps to restore balance and improve quality of movements of the whole pelvic girdle.
Should I Still See An Osteopath After The Birth?
There are a range of reasons why it is suggested that follow up treatment is necessary. Some women start to experience back problems or period pain only after the birth. This can be caused by weakened ligaments and lack of muscle strength, thereby weakening the whole structure.
Breast-feeding can lead to mid and upper back problems due to the position of feeding. Osteopathic treatment to this region can help ease this discomfort as well as promote better flow and lymphatic drainage to the breast area.
Your Osteopath can also provide you with advice on posture for breast feeding position, sleep and daily activities, and also exercises to strengthen abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor. Osteopathic treatment after delivery provides restoration of the normal mechanics of the back and pelvis optimising the return to a full and active life.
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