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Osteopathic Treatment may support and improve your muscle and joint aches and pains during pregnancy!

Are you experiencing pain or discomfort as your body changes with pregnancy? This is the case for many women. Pregnancy may cause pre-existing conditions (such as back pain) to flare up or you may suffer from other discomforts including: 

  • Neck and back pain as a result of changed weight bearing
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Respiratory issues – shortness of breath or difficulty with full breathing
  • Circulation difficulties – including swollen feet or hands
  • Nausea, heartburn and other internal issues
  • Difficulty adjusting posture to find a comfortable lying, standing or sitting position

Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy may be able to assist with postural changes due to pregnancy through manual treatment and appropriate rehabilitation and strengthening techniques and advice. 

Common issues during pregnancy include (but not limited to):

  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Pelvic instability
  • Sciatic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Mid and Upper back pain with associated shortness of breath
  • Muscle strains, spasms and tightness
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Complaints associated with pelvic floor issues
  • Coccyx pain 

It is very important that you look after your body during pregnancy - in all facets that include your musculoskeletal system, as well as looking at your dietary requirements and intake, having enough rest, and doing appropriate exercise, and in general experiencing minimal stress!! Our goal is to create optimal health, so you are assured your hands on treatment is tailored to your body, presentation of pain and your lifestyle.

Advice and treatment for new mothers

Once your baby is born, you may continue to find new or ongoing pain issues. Lower back and neck pain is common for new mothers as there is so much lifting, bending and carrying involved. You may also require some treatment to help your pelvis recover post birth. Other complaints include (but not limited to):

  • Wrist pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tightness
  • Bladder leakage

Follow up treatments post baby may be beneficial for hands on treatment for postural complaints due to extended hours sitting, breast or bottle feeding, as well as carrying capsules/prams and your baby! We can advise you about how to care for yourself including: 

  • Strengthening exercises – particularly core strength
  • Stretching techniques
  • Postural advice
  • Exercise recommendations