Pregnancy

08/03/2024

Our three Osteopaths at The Trinity Practice, Kevin Partridge, Emma Childs and Emma Chippendale all have many years experience of treating patients during pregnancy.   Many patients are recommended by their midwife and it is always advised to discuss your potential visit with your midwife or healthcare team.

Osteopathic treatments during pregnancy are gentle and adapted to the specific needs and stage of pregnancy. Osteopaths with experience in prenatal care can tailor their approach to the unique requirements of Mums-to-be to ensure a safe and effective treatment.

During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes significant changes to accommodate the growing foetus. These changes can lead to various musculoskeletal issues, such as back pain, pelvic pain, and postural changes. Osteopathic treatment may be considered as part of a comprehensive approach to managing these issues by addressing areas of tension and promoting balance. 

  • Pain relief: Osteopathic treatments can help alleviate common pregnancy-related discomforts such as back pain, pelvic pain, and sciatic nerve pain. Manual techniques, including gentle stretching and mobilisation, can help improve joint mobility and reduce muscle tension.
  • SIJ sacroiliac joint pain, PGP- pelvic girdle pain and SPD- symphysis pubis dysfunction can all be causes of pain during pregnancy. The pubic symphysis is the central joint at the front of the pelvis joining the pelvic bones. This joint, as well as all the joints (two sacroiliac) at the back of the pelvic girdle become more flexible during pregnancy as hormone changes cause laxity in the ligaments.

Symptoms of these conditions can vary from mild discomfort to sudden shooting pains at the back or front of the pelvis to steady pain in the lower back, abdomen, groin or leg.

Many movements can make the pain worse; walking, going up or down stairs, turning in bed or getting in and out of the car or sitting twisted. Osteopaths are trained in delivering effective treatment and exercise programs to help.

  • Pelvic alignment: Osteopaths may focus on maintaining or improving pelvic alignment. This can be particularly helpful in ensuring optimal positioning of the baby and reducing the risk of complications during labor.
  • Improved circulation: Osteopathic manipulations can enhance blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. This may help reduce swelling (oedema) in the extremities, a common issue during pregnancy.
  • Preparation for labour: Osteopathic treatments may focus on optimising the musculoskeletal system to facilitate an easier and more comfortable labour. 
  • Stress reduction: Pregnancy can be a stressful time, both physically and emotionally. Osteopathic care may contribute to overall relaxation and stress reduction by addressing tension in the muscles and promoting a sense of well-being.

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