Osteopathy offers gentle and effective treatment during pregnancy. It is safe at any stage through your pregnancy, but for ‘piece of mind’ we usually recommend waiting till after 12 weeks. Pregnancy postural aches and pains most commonly start from 20 weeks.
During pregnancy your body goes through enormous physical, chemical and emotional changes over a relatively short period of time. Your body has to accommodate and change in order to carry up to 20lb/10kg of baby, waters and placenta, which can impose great physical strain on your organs, tissues, joints and ligaments. Your body therefore needs to find new ways to walk, sit and sleep resulting in new aches and pains arising.
The most common complaints treated by Osteopaths are:
How does osteopathy compliment your pregnancy?
We aim to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth by helping your body adapt and align as your pregnancy progresses. Osteopathic treatment achieves this by using safe and efficient techniques, while making sure the mother is comfortable at all times. Osteopathy can help prepare your pelvis for childbirth allowing for efficient descent of your baby through the birth canal, it does this by aligning your body so that your pelvis and lower back mechanics are in the best possible position with as little tension or restriction as possible.
Osteopathic treatment can help maximise your body’s ability to change and support you and your baby with minimum pain and discomfort.
Acupuncture & acupressure to induce labour
Midwives and other birthing specialists are more frequently recommending Acupuncture to aid labour induction. I offer Acupuncture sessions to induce labour, these are safe from 39 weeks but are more successful from three or four days passed your date. Acupuncture can take 48 hours to take effect and two or three sessions are recommended. I also teach your birthing partner acupressure points which are very successful in helping you cope with labour pain. As well as helping your body cope with labour pain the acupressure points also help baby to descent the birth canal, your cervix to dilate and contractions to continue and strengthen.
Can osteopathy help post-natally?
Sometimes labour and delivery can leave the mother with a wide range of issues postnatally. Osteopathic treatment can help restore and maintain normal pelvic alignment and mobility. If you have unresolved childbirth stresses from labour, these can contribute to ongoing back problems plus stress incontinence.
Osteopathy is safe and gentle for both mother and baby. Carefully selected techniques relevant to the patient are used to minimise any discomfort or risk.
020 8530 8029/07808928066 or email me on Tammy@aspireosteopathy.co.uk
Geoffrey Lloyd Foulkes Clinic