OSTEOPATHY IN PREGNANCY
Pregnancy can be a difficult time physically. Osteopathic treatment can be used safely and effectively during and after pregnancy to help you through the challenges.
A baby together with its waters and placenta can weigh up to 20lb. Your body has to adapt to carrying this whilst undergoing significant hormonal changes and, towards the end of pregnancy, preparing for birth. Previous injuries to the low back and pelvis can hamper the body’s ability to adapt. Osteopathic treatment can help to release strains and tensions from these past injuries and assist the body in responding to the demands of pregnancy.
Self-help tips to encourage your baby to lie in a good position:
- Try to keep as active as possible within your pain limits.
- Avoid activities that make the pain worse.
- Keep an eye on your posture. Try not to let your low back drop into too much of an arch when you are standing and walking. Imagine that your head is being pulled up gently by a string attached to the top of your head. Avoid slouching in soft chairs. It can be useful to sit with your low back supported by a cushion or to tilt your pelvis forwards slightly with a foam wedge.
- If you have been told that your baby is lying in a breech or back-to-back position, then spending some time each day in an ‘all fours’ position can help it to turn.
PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN (PGP) AND SYMPHYSIS PUBIS DYSFUNCTION (SPD)
Pelvic pain is common in pregnancy. Osteopathic treatment can help by addressing imbalances in the spine and sacrum which exacerbate this pain. I can also give you advise about which activities to avoid which, together with some gentle exercises to do at home, will help to make your pregnancy more comfortable.
The term pelvic girdle pain (PGP) encompasses pain arising from dysfunction in either the sacroiliac joints at the back of the pelvis or the pubic symphysis joint at the front. Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) has become a less commonly used term and more specifically refers to pain on or around the joint between the two pubic bones at the front of the pelvis.
HOW TO BOOK
Payment is made to the practitioner on the day of the consultation.
Senior Osteopath – Ben Parker
£50 for first visit (up to 60 minutes)
£50 for follow up visits (30 minutes)
£45 for first visit (up to 60 minutes)
£45 for follow up visits (30 minutes)
Call 01892 671764 to book or fill out the form below to request an appointment online