Pregnancy & Babies
Many women can experience musculoskeletal pain and discomfort throughout their pregnancies. Osteopaths can assess and treat many pregnancy related complaints enabling women to enjoy and continue through their pregnancy in comfort.
As the pregnancy progresses and the belly expands the extra weight can result in mechanical stress and change due to the combined softening of the muscles and ligaments, a shift in the body centre of gravity and a change in gait. Changes in the normal curvatures of the spine, muscular dysfunction and instability of joints can cause pain and discomfort. Some common resulting symptoms may include:
- Generalized back pain
- Pubic symphysis (groin) or pelvic pain
- Calf cramping
Osteopathy is a safe and gentle form of manual treatment that can help women with pregnancy related pain and discomfort throughout all stages of the pregnancy. Techniques are carefully and individually selected with the women's comfort always a priority.
The aim of osteopathic treatment is to assist the natural changes the body goes through to accommodate the growing foetus. Treatment enhances the body's ability to compensate for the changes. Osteopathic treatment can also help to restore and maintain correct balance and improve the function of the pelvic girdle positively contributing to the baby's passage through the birth canal.
The powerful process of birth has an enormous affect on the baby. Difficult labors may lead to varied difficulties for the baby such as;
- Constant crying
- Feeding problems
- Digestive problems and constipation
Osteopathy can offer a gentle and safe treatment option for many of these common post birth issues.
Speak to an Osteopath at Focus Osteopathy today to determine if osteopathy is an appropriate treatment option for your baby.
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