Osteopathy can be of great help during pregnancy to help the body to adapt to the rapid changes occurring in each trimester. The physical strain of carrying up to 20lb/10kg of water, placenta and baby can place strain on the mother’s muscles, joints, soft tissues and ligaments. Osteopathy aims to improve body mechanics, maintain good alignment, balance and movement. It uses hands on treatment to help the body to adapt to these changes and to prepare for delivery. We are able to advise on breathing techniques, gentle stretching and exercise. We also offer kinesiotaping, which can provide support and stability through pregnancy.
Once baby has arrived there are huge demands on parents to care for your newborn. A healthy and happy mother can care for their baby much more easily than a mother in pain or restrictions following pregnancy and childbirth. Equally important is the father who has an important supportive role to play. The mother’s body has undergone stresses, strains and maybe injury through pregnancy and delivery. Both parents’ may experience aches and pains from prolonged feeding postures, rocking, holding and cuddling baby. Carrying them in heavy seats to and from the car, wrangling pushchairs and sometimes siblings too can all add to your body’s discomfort. A postnatal check can help to address any issues that are not resolving, offering advice on adapting positions for feeding, carrying etc. Osteopathy offers gentle hands on treatment, exercises, stretches and advice to help your body to adjust after delivery.