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Low back pain and pelvic pain are common in pregnancy. Figures showing complaints by pregnant women vary from as low as 25% in one study compared to as high as 80% in another.
Some common treatments for musculoskeletal aches and pains, such as drugs, physiotherapy and exercise are not only suitable for pregnant women. Osteopathy offers a safe and effective way of dealing with these common conditions.
Examination and treatment
Every patient undergoes a unique examination process. This begins with an extensive case history and an obstetric case history to see if you are suitable for treatment in this way.
Following a physical examination the patient may be offered manual therapy to address not only the tissues causing the symptoms but why they have the problems and why they are there in the first place. Once the pain begins to subside the patient may also be offered maintenance treatment to address the areas of her body and spine that are going to change during the coming months. This helps to minimise discomfort throughout the process, leading to a more natural and easier pregnancy.
The patient will then usual be offered a post-natal check at six weeks after she has been discharged from the obstetrician or midwife to assess that mechanically, things have returned to normal.
Osteopathy is a safe and natural approach to healthcare for all life's stages. Osteopaths are increasingly been asked to treat babies and children for complaints related to mechanical strains acquired before birth or during the birth process.
Although a babies' head is designed to allow some movement to adapt to the forces of labour, the birth process can be a potentially stressful journey to the outside world. If the birth is particularly difficult, stressful, unduly long or fast or when other complications occur such as the need for forceps, then the baby may struggle to fully resolve the stresses or strains within its body.
As a result many babies are born with an odd shaped head. Normally this head shape or moulding will resolve itself over the first few days but if the baby is unable to resolve the stresses and strains within their body it can lead to subtle changes in function leading to problems further down the line.
Osteopathy can be useful in treating this and other traumas of birth such as knocks, falls, strains and sprains. An assessment with one of our osteopaths may help to identify issues and if they find anything not in our field they would suggest referral to someone more appropriate.
There might be many more conditions that we could help with so why not give us a call?