A Whole Body Approach
Osteopaths understand the relationship between the body’s organs, joints and muscles. Given the unique stresses pregnancy puts upon the body, Osteopaths are well practiced in diagnosing and treating problems you may experience when you’re expecting and after birth.
Common Pregnancy Complaints
Many pregnant women experience back or pelvic pain. Common symptoms may include:
- Generalised muscular back pain
- Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) – pain or discomfort in the pelvis
- Sacro Iliac Joint pain – occurring in the lower back
- Sciatica and leg pain associated with back pain
- Rib and thoracic spinal problems leading to breathlessness and difficulty in deep breathing
- Neckache and headaches
Many commonly used medications for these symptoms are often not recommended for a pregnant or breast feeding mother. Osteopathy offers an alternative approach to help you deal with these common conditions.
Personal Treatment for a Natural Pregnancy
Every patient’s problems are unique, and your treatment will be specific to your symptoms. Osteopaths use a wide range of hands-on techniques. These will vary depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis, but will focus on bodily tension, stretching muscles and mobilising your joints and providing postural and stretching advice.
You may wish to discuss with your osteopath how many treatments are likely to be necessary, and how frequently you may feel you would benefit from osteopathic treatment.
Osteopathy can be a helpful, supportive treatment as the body adjusts to the anatomical and physiological changes occurring after birth.
Changes also in the way a new mother is using her body, due to feeding and carrying, can be better accommodated if the body is functioning optimally.
Care is often focused on the baby over the mother at this time, when it is key for both to be healthy for the well being of the whole family.
About Laura Tilson
Laura Tilson is an Osteopath who provides consultations in South West London. She has completed training in providing osteopathic care for mums and babies with the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy and Molinari Institute of Health.
You can book a Home Visit or come and see Laura at one of our clinics. Please call 0207 206 2625 or email info@LTosteo.co.uk to ask a question or book an appointment. You can also view our diary and book an appointment online here.