OSTEOPATHY DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY
Is Osteopathy Safe During Pregnancy:
Osteopaths are highly skilled and undergo a minimum of 4 years training and gentle osteopathic techniques are very beneficial and perfectly safe at all stages of pregnancy.
Pregnancy is a unique experience.
Enormous physical, chemical and emotional changes take place over a relatively short period of time. The body has to adapt to carrying up to 20lb of baby, waters and placenta, which can impose physical strain on all the organs and tissues.
Osteopathic treatment can be beneficial in:
Easing some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy.
Preparing for the demands of labour.
Helping the mother to recover after birth.
Preperation for Labour:
An important part of preperation for childbirth is to ensure that the mother's pelvis is structurally balanced and able to allow the passage of the baby down the birth canal.
Trauma to the pelvic bones, coccyx or sacrum at any time in a mother's life can leave increased tension in muscle and strain within ligaments and bones of the pelvis. This can limit the ability of these bones to seperate and move out of the way during labour. In most cases osteopathic treatment to ensure that the pelvis and uterus are correctly balanced and aligned can help with discomforts of later pregnancy, and can often help the baby turn into a better position.
Treatment after Birth:
Birth can be traumatic for both mother and baby, and Osteopathy is effective at helping both to recover.
After giving birth, the body not only has to recover from the changes it made during pregnancy, but also from the effects of delivery. All this whilst doing very physically and mentally demanding job of caring for the new baby. Caring for a baby can place enourmous strain on the back, during such activities as nursing in poor positions, lifting car seats in and out of cars, reaching over the cot, or carrying a child on one hip.
Unresolved childbirth stresses in the mother can contribute to ongoing back problems, period problems, stress incontinence, constipation, headache and more. Osteopathy can help the mother return to normal, physically and mentally, after birth by releasing strains from both pregnancy and labour. this allows her to relax and enjoy her new baby.
Mother: The mother's pelvis is vulnerable to lasting strains from the forces involved, particularly after a difficult delivery. Some of these strains can have a profound effect on the nervous system, and contribute to postnatal depression.
Baby: The baby can suffer long-lasting effects from the moulding process during birth, and an osteopathic check up is recommended.
The Growing Child:
Osteopathic checking and monitoring of childhood development is on eof the best ways of reducing the risk of musculoskeletal and other general health problems going undetected and causing difficulties later in life. Prevention is always better than cure, and osteopathic treatment for children can play just a big a part as dental and eye checks in maintaining the exuberant good health that should be an integral part of growing up.
Osteopathy can help to ease some of the discomforts of pregnancy including:
Nausea and Vomiting
Vericose Veins and Haemorrhoids
Aches and Pains
Self Help Tips:
Tips to help encourage your baby to lie correctly, as labour is likely to be more difficult if the baby is not lying correctly,
Try to keep as active as possible throughout the pregnancy.
"Walk tall", pushing your head upwards as if suspended by a string. Do not allow your lower back to slump into a very hollow position.
Sitting slouched in soft chairs encourages the baby to turn into the back to back position. Where possible, sit with your bottom well back in the chair and the lower back supported. Better still, sitting on a foam wedge, or on a chair that has a seat that tilts forward actively encourages the baby to lie correctly.
If your baby is lying in either a breech or back to back position, then spending some time each day on "all fours" position can help it to turn.
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