Pregnancy brings about many changes in your body. Shifts in hormone production will cause your ligaments to soften and your posture will adjust as the weight of the baby gradually pushes your centre of gravity forward. These changes put additional pressure on the spinal curve which often results in lower back pain. As breast size increases, you may also feel strained in the upper back and neck.
Pregnancy-related complaints include:
Osteopathic treatment supports your body's ability to adjust to the changes which occur during pregnancy. Through stretching, joint articulation, and massage, your osteopath will support you to maintain mobility, reduce muscle tension, and improve circulation. They can also help you with adjusting your posture to reduce discomfort and avoid injury.
The osteopathic techniques used on pregnant patients are carefully chosen to protect the patient and ensure comfort at all times. This gentle approach supports the natural functions of your body during pregnancy.
Osteopathic treatment following childbirth can help your body recover from the challenges of pregnancy and prevent further discomfort or injury as you care for your new family member. Osteopathic care can also relieve discomfort in the upper back and neck that may arise from breastfeeding or carrying your baby.
Ask your Osteopath about how long to wait before having post-pregnancy osteopathic treatment. They can support you with postural corrections, sleep advice, and exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.