Osteopathic Treatment During Pregnancy and Childbirth
The changes that a woman’s body undergoes in pregnancy and childbirth are vast. These changes occur over a relatively short period of time and involve all aspects of the woman’s body. Osteopathic treatment during the pregnancy and after the birth can help the woman’s body to adjust to these changes and ensure the process is as comfortable as possible.
Pregnancy related problems that may benefit from Osteopathic Treatment
- Aches and Pains, i.e. low back pain, sciatica, mid back pain, headaches, pelvic pain.
Treatment after Birth
Birth can be traumatic for both mother and baby, and osteopathy is effective at helping both to recover.
The mother’s pelvis and back is vulnerable to strains from the forces involved in labour, particularly after a difficult delivery. Treatment after all labours, but especially difficult labours, will help the mothers body during the recovery process. As the mother will now be caring for her baby and this involves hard work for her back it is essential that any problems are dealt with. The mother should be able to enjoy her new baby without unnecessary lingering back problems.
The baby can suffer long-lasting effects from their engagement position and moulding process during birth, and an osteopathic check up is recommended.
Is Osteopathy safe during Pregnancy?
Osteopaths are highly skilled and undergo a minimum of 4 years training. Gentle osteopathic techniques are perfectly safe at all stages of pregnancy. The cranial osteopathic approach is a particularly gentle form of Osteopathic treatment and commonly used during pregnancy and for both mother and child after delivery.