Pregnancy is a beautiful experience for women. Amongst the feelings of excitement and the beautiful pregnancy glow, there can also be the not so glowing. There is the morning sickness and the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Osteopathic treatment can help you through your pregnancy.

Is osteopathic treatment safe during pregnancy?:

Osteopathy is safe during pregnancy and is beneficial and effective for pregnant women right throughout the pregnancy. Techniques chosen in the treatment will be safe and comfortable for both the mother and growing baby. During pregnancy there are obviously big physical and hormonal changes. There is a change in your body’s centre of gravity and softening of ligaments which can lead to problems like sciatica, osteitis pubis, mid back pain and headaches among plenty of other complaints. Osteopathic care can help with pelvic alignment and help your body be in optimal health physically for birth and recover post birth as best as possible.
Treatment during your pregnancy can be very beneficial even if you don’t have any severe complaints. Allowing the body to be as free and supported as possible during your pregnancy helps to allow sufficient space for you growing baby and gives a good base of support for your baby.

Pregnancy Osteopathy Melbourne

WHAT KIND OF PREGNANCY ASSOCIATED PAIN CAN OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT ASSIST WITH?

Osteopaths can assess and help with pregnancy associated complaints such as:
¥    Lower back pain and sciatica
¥    Tingling in legs / feet / arms / hands
¥    Aching shoulders and mid back
¥    Headaches
¥    Poor sleep
¥    Incontinence
¥    Osteitis pubis
¥    Pelvic instability

WHAT KIND OF TREATMENT IS USED DURING PREGNANCY?:

Treatment techniques we use for pregnant women will vary from patient to patient, will be dependent on how far you are through your pregnancy and depend on your presenting complaint. Techniques that are most suitable include soft tissue, gentle articulatory techniques, fascial release techniques, muscle energy, cranial and biodynamic treatment.

HOW OFTEN DURING THE PREGNANCY SHOULD I ATTEND FOR TREATMENT?:

Depending on your complaint we may recommend monthly treatment through the first and second trimesters until you get to approximately 34 weeks then this may increase. You may require more or less depending on your complaint.

WILL MY OSTEOPATH GIVE ME OTHER ADVICE DURING PREGNANCY?

Osteopathic treatment is just one facet of care during pregnancy. We can also advise on appropriate exercise whether it be class based or we can prescribe specific exercises for you to do at home including pelvic floor exercises. In addition we can recommend appropriate classes for preparing yourself mentally for your birth (if you are interested). Giving birth is one of the biggest experiences a woman will have and we believe it is important to be as prepared as possible.

SHOULD I ATTEND FOR TREATMENT AFTER GIVING BIRTH?

Definitely! Giving birth is probably the biggest physical endurance activity most women will go through. You may feel all kind of strain through your body depending on your birth. With breast or even bottle feeding you may find you develop strain through your neck and shoulders and your lower back may be affected by bending and lifting. We can also help with appropriate breast feeding posture and things your can do at home to help minimise strain.

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT DURING PREGNANCY?

Osteopathic treatment is ideal for pregnancy as it is safe and gentle. We are experienced and confident treating pregnant women and have participated in relevant post graduate courses. We can assist you with any pregnancy related pain you might have.

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