The osteopaths at Aim Osteopathy are passionate about caring for women before, during and after pregnancy. They treat pregnant women with the aim to improve mobility and reduce pain while ensuring your comfort throughout the whole treatment. During any stage of pregnancy women may experience exacerbation of previous conditions or injuries, or there may be new aches and pains which arise during pregnancy.
The osteopaths at Aim Osteopathy will take a thorough case history considering your general health, previous accidents or injuries that may be relevant and always work alongside your obstetrician, GP, midwives and birth attendants to assess and discuss ways in which osteopathy may support you and your baby during pregnancy.
Most commonly pregnant women seek help and advice for pelvic pain, lower back pain, rib pain, headaches, sinus congestion, carpal tunnel and for a general assessment of symmetry and flexibility of the pelvis in preparation for birth.
Osteopaths consider the different mechanical stresses and strains placed on a woman's body at each stage of the pregnancy and provide treatment and advice with the aim to improve your ability to cope with and accommodate for the changes. Treatment usually involves a variety of techniques which may include massage, stretching, articulation, manipulation and a number of other osteopathic techniques including cranial and biodynamic osteopathic techniques applied carefully and respectfully during your pregnancy.
We find that pelvic pain is one of the most common reason's for pregnant women to seek osteopathic care at Aim Osteopathy, and an assessment of mobility of the pelvic joints, ligament and muscle tension and treatment is performed with the aim of reducing pain, which may also help to increase space and therefore positioning for your baby.
Being able to take a deep breath can become difficult during pregnancy. Ensuring your diaphragm muscle remains flexible can be achieved by physical treatment of different areas of the body and also from deep breathing. The osteopaths at Aim Osteopathy believe this is extremely important considering the location of the diaphragm, that it is flexible, allowing for accommodation of space for the baby and the importance of deep breathing in relaxation and as a part of your pain management plan during labour.
Another muscle group placed under great importance is your pelvic floor. It is just as important to know how to relax your pelvic floor for labour as it is to do your pelvic floor exercises. Osteopaths assess and treat the areas of the pelvis where the pelvic floor muscles attach to determine whether there are any asymmetries or increased tensions in the pelvic floor that may benefit from physical treatment.
Osteopaths believe every pregnant woman should seek osteopathic care during her pregnancy with the aim to improve comfort and flexibility, which should consequently help her to approach the end of pregnancy well rested and as comfortable and flexible as possible in preparation for labour.
All mothers put themselves second after the birth of their baby. It is important to remember that taking care of your baby also means taking good care of yourself. Osteopaths will assess and treat any stresses and strains you feel have been left behind from the birth process and also assess and treat areas of discomfort from activities such as carrying your baby, breast feeding, new sleeping postures etc.
If you have any questions, concerns or enquiries about seeking osteopathic care during pregnancy, please don't hesitate to call and talk to one of our osteopaths or book in for an initial consultation.