How Osteopathy helps
During pregnancy many changes occur in the body. Extra weight causes a shift in the body’s center of gravity and hormonal changes cause softening of ligaments of the back and pelvis and affect soft tissue tone. A combination of these factors can put additional pressure on the joints and ligaments of the spine and pelvis contributing to pain and discomfort.
Osteopathic treatment can help pregnant women with back pain and other pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pain. Treatment may assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth maximizing the body’s ability to change. Treatment can help to support a patient through the various changes of pregnancy and after birth minimizing pain and discomfort and the need for medication.
During a treatment osteopaths move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and massage.