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Osteopathy During Pregnancy

Osteopathy during pregnancy is incredibly beneficial for a mama-to-be and often provides immediate relief to many prenatal aches and pains. It is widely known that throughout pregnancy the body undergoes many changes, in order to accommodate a growing baby. As baby grows, mama’s body adapts. During pregnancy, postural changes occur with the growth of the baby. Women often have discomfort or pain around the back and pelvis. Heart burn, Carpal tunnel Syndrome and fluid retention are other symptoms that may be connected with pregnancy.

Normal hormone changes in pregnancy soften connective tissue which can exacerbate symptoms. Imbalances can become irritated or painful and restrictions in the tissues and joints can affect fluid flow causing swelling. These changing mechanics also means breathing can become more difficult.

Osteopathy in pregnancy is a very gentle non-invasive manual therapy that restores balance to the body. The common ailments that pregnant women seek osteopathic treatment for during pregnancy are:

  • Back pain

  • Rib discomfort

  • Shortness of breath

  • Hip pain

  • Pelvic Pain

  • Symphysis pubis dysfunction {SPD}

  • Neck pain

  • Headaches

  • Sciatic nerve pain

  • Numb, tingling, or cold hands and feet

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Heartburn or Reflux

  • Morning sickness

  • ​Poor circulation

  • Swollen Feet​

  • General fatigue

The goal of Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy is to find relief from discomfort and reduce tension and strain by gently allowing for mobility. An Osteopathic Manual Therapist finds and frees up restrictions within the body, helping to improve body mechanics, so mama and baby can be more comfortable. Prenatal Osteopathic treatment involves massage and stretches as well as other gentle techniques used on specifically targeted areas to help improve mobility and find relief. Treatments can also improve baby positioning and prepare for labour.

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