Pregnant? Why not try osteopathy?

Lower back pain and general muscular discomfort can all be features of pregnancy. So, why not try osteopathy to help with joint or ligamentous pain, writes ALIX RAMOUSSE – osteopath specialising in paeditrics and obstetrics at Halswell Road Clinic.

With many discomforts and few solutions during this period, osteopathy proves to be a lifesaver for many, to relieve the inevitable annoyances that the body undergoes, to optimise the smooth progress of pregnancy and childbirth.

A visit to an osteopath does not replace a medical consultation, but it can effectively relieve several common health problems during pregnancy.

As all mothers will say, pregnancy causes many body changes, and also causes a lot of inconveniences. For example, lower back pain, sciatica, gastric reflux, constipation, reduced circulation, sleep disorders. These symptoms are, unfortunately, all too common for many pregnant women.

Pregnancy means the majority of drugs are a ‘no-go’. Expectant mothers tend to accept these inconveniences, but osteopathy can help relieve them. Thanks to a particularly gentle, global and comprehensive approach to the body, the osteopath rebalances the body to improve the mobility of structures and improve blood circulation to organs.

Osteopaths adapt their techniques to the patient’s conditions and can safely treat a pregnant woman throughout her pregnancy.

Consult an osteopath during your pregnancy for less pain, better sleep, a more flexible pelvis, facilitating smoother labour, delivery and postpartum recovery!

When to see an osteopath?
Expectant mothers can consult an osteopath from the first months of pregnancy. Throughout the pregnancy, the uterus becomes larger, and the ligaments begin to tighten. The first inconveniences sometimes only happen around the second trimester, but it is always better to prevent rather than cure. By optimising the balance of your body, you optimise the smooth running of your pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery. Depending on your symptoms and the examination, your osteopath will tell you whether it is better to come back to see them or not. Please note, an osteopathic session does not replace your follow-up appointments with your midwife.

What about your baby?
Osteopathy has no direct impact on the baby and always acts without constraint or pressure on the baby. The osteopath works on structures such as bones and ligaments but does not affect your child. When a baby is breech, for instance, the osteopath will not try to turn it. The osteopath’s job is to balance your body by freeing up the pelvis and diaphragm. This way, the baby has more room and can finally turn around freely if possible.

Who to turn to for help?
Some osteopaths specialise in osteopathic treatment for babies and pregnant women. They are particularly experienced in working with expectant mothers. However, not all osteopaths are necessarily trained to work in the field. The easiest way is to seek advice from your usual osteopath. If you have not consulted an osteopath before, your midwife, your doctor, your gynaecologist, your pharmacist, or google may be able to suggest someone.

After childbirth
osteopathy is also a great help for the mother after childbirth, whether the birth took place with or without medical interventions, such as an episiotomy, an epidural, forceps, or a caesarean. Under these conditions, and even in the conditions of a so-called natural and “easy” delivery, the tissues of the pregnant woman have undergone a certain level of stress which it is preferable to correct without delay to avoid possible problems and boost recovery.

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