Pregnancy is one of the most significant changes a woman’s body goes through. As well as her body’s shape altering dramatically, there are also physiological changes. For instance, increased hormones can cause ligaments to loosen. These factors lead to postural changes, joint strain and altered fluid movement around the body. As a result, pregnant women often experience:
- Back and neck pain
- PGP (pelvic girdle pain) or SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction)
- Hip and knee pain
Osteopathy provides safe, gentle hands-on treatment which can alleviate pain, helping the body to adapt more comfortably to changes experienced during pregnancy.
In addition, regular osteopathic treatment leading up to labour, is a good way to help the body cope with, and recover from the physical and psychological challenges ahead.
Following birth, a woman’s body will slowly return to its normal form. However, underlying changes in supporting muscles and joints, particularly around the pelvis, can make her more vulnerable to back pain. In addition, becoming a mum presents a whole set of new stresses: post-birth exhaustion, lack of sleep, lifting heavy car-seats and breast-feeding posture to name a few. Osteopathy can help resolve aches and pains, women commonly experience after giving birth, ensuring that those early years can be enjoyed to the fullest.
Don’t forget that your new baby may also benefit from gentle cranial osteopathy. If you are planning to bring your baby in, why not book a double session and get some treatment yourself?
- Practical Tips for New Parents to Prevent Joint and Back Pain
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines for PGP and pregnancy
- The Pelvic Partnership: Information about pelvic girdle pain, treatment options (including osteopathy) and practical advice.