During pregnancy there are many mechanical and hormonal changes affecting the musculoskeletal system. The body needs to be able to adapt to the postural changes and the change in weight and balance. There may be added pressures on joints and muscles that may cause acute or chronic pain. Some women may also have existing areas of pain that may change the body’s natural ability to adapt to the changes needed during pregnancy.
Osteopathy may help to alleviate some joint and muscle pain during pregnancy, these may include back pain, pelvic girdle pain, pubic symphysis pain, hip and leg pain. Other symptoms that you may experience during your pregnancy include headaches, that may be managed using osteopathic techniques, as well as medical intervention necessary.
The aim of treatment is to help your body to function more effectively and adapt to the stresses and strains of pregnancy. This may include looking at the structure and function of the whole body, as osteopath’s believe that limited function in one are affects the whole body health and it’s capacity to compensate for change.
Techniques that may be used on a pregnant patient may include soft tissue massage, articulation of the joints and gentle techniques such as cranial osteopathy. Cathy will explain which techniques are likely to be beneficial and make sure that you are comfortable at all times.
After having your baby, the body’s needs change again, as the musculoskeletal system adapts to the non-pregnant belly and the necessity for lifting and carrying babies and children. It may also need to adapt to any residual strains and stresses left over from pregnancy or from delivery (vaginal and caesarean).
It is important to have health checks after delivery to check your core and pelvic floor tone so that you can return to exercise without complications.
If you have any questions regarding treatment during or after pregnancy, please contact Cathy for advice.