PRE / POST NATAL OSTEOPATHY
During pregnancy the body undergoes huge physiological and hormonal changes which have a significant effect on its biomechanics and musculoskeletal pregnancy pain is very common as a result!
As your bump gets bigger, it starts to put increasing amounts of pressure on the spine and the hips causing the lumbar, pelvic and lower extremity muscles to tighten up in order to compensate and adapt.
The rapid weight change and alteration in your centre of gravity results in a different posture and gait and as a result the muscles are used in a different way. As pregnancy continues, certain hormones increase which causes ligaments and muscle tendons to loosen in preparation for labour and they are therefore at danger of straining more easily. Disorders such as pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) often develop as a result as well as general pelvis pain and hip pain. So as you can see it’s unsurprising that so many women suffer with aches and pains throughout their pregnancy!
These hormonal and postural changes continue after birth with the body having to re-adapt when reversing back to your original weight while at the same time ligament loosening hormones will still be present for up to 6 months. On top of this, nursing and carrying your child will create the potential for back issues to persist.
Osteopathy can be highly successful in alleviating these symptoms through conservative treatment helping you feel more comfortable and reducing the stiffness and pain throughout your pregnancy and beyond. We are happy to treat through every term of pregnancy, but we do recommend patients to gain advice from their consultant or midwife first. The safety of you and your baby are paramount to us, along with your comfort during treatment.
At Wandsworth Town Osteopathy we pride ourselves in treating pregnancy related postural issues as well as other specialist techniques relating to pregnancy such as labour induction acupuncture, fertility and the Webster Technique – a non invasive technique which allows the natural reversal of a breeched position. You will be under the best specialist care and safety for you and your baby is our number one priority.
Pregnancy Massage is also available at Wandsworth Town Osteopathy. All our practitioners are trained in treating pregnancy at whatever stage you’re at. Book Online or call our reception to find an appointment suitable for you.
We also have excellent Women’s Health Physiotherapists – Natalia Vasquez and Jennie Hughes, working from out of the clinic. The team from PH Physiotherapy are highly specialised in pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological issues. To book please follow the link to their website www.phphysiotherapy.com.