Pregnancy, Pre and Postnatal Care
Complete pregnancy care involves focusing on more than just the pregnancy itself. Working with your health prior to conception and supporting your recovery after birth are just as important as keeping your body healthy throughout your pregnancy. Our practitioners are experienced in helping you and your baby through all stages of your pregnancy journey. Post birth our practitioners can help realign your body and release any residual tension in your joints and muscles.
During pregnancy a woman’s body undergoes significant change in a relatively short period of time and may experience pregnancy related pain or discomfort in any trimester. These include changes to gait (the way you walk), posture, hormones, blood flow, fluid retention, ligamentous laxity and centre of gravity. Our practitioners can help support your body’s musculoskeletal system as it adapts to the physiological and postural changes throughout your pregnancy.
Our practitioners commonly work with the following conditions during pregnancy:
- Lower back pain
- Sciatica (pain that runs down the leg)
- Pelvic, hip and groin pain (including pubic symphysis pain)
- Upper back, shoulder and neck pain
- Rib pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (pins and needles or numbness in hands)
- General aches and pains from postural change
Pregnancy related pain and discomfort can be experienced in all trimesters. Osteopathy can help support your body as it adapts to the changes in shape and posture.
Birth is a physically demanding process that can place an immense amount of strain on the lower back, abdomen and pelvis. For most women lower back or pelvic pain experienced after the delivery will subside after a few days. For other women, postpartum pain can be more intense and take longer to recover (especially where medical intervention has been required or there has been what is often referred to as “a difficult birth”).
New mums often report experiencing the following symptoms:
- Lower back, pelvic and coccyx pain
- Upper back, neck and shoulder pain associated with breastfeeding
- Wrist pain
- Pelvic floor or abdominal weakness
Post birth osteopathic and remedial massage care focuses on relieving residual pain or tension in the muscles, joints and bones of your pelvis as well as restoring balance, strength and posture to your whole body. This includes hands on treatment as well as advice on gentle stretching, strengthening and postural exercises that can be done at home.
If you are experiencing lingering pain or discomfort an osteopathic treatment may help your body to realign and recover from the birth. Our osteopaths are also highly experienced when it comes to treating babies – for more information on how we can help your baby post birth visit our babies and children’s page.