Pregnancy is a time for change for the female body. Especially the position of the pelvis and lower back has to adapt during pregnancy. The load and elasticity of ligaments and tissues increases. All these factors can disturb the biomechanical balance of the musculoskeletal system and predispose to low back and pelvic pain. Discomfort and pain in relation to pregnancy and labour are often seen as inevitable and irrevocable. This does not have to be the case as osteopathy might help to alleviate those symptoms.
Osteopathy before labour has the function to support the body whilst it is going through postural adaptations related to pregnancy. Osteopathy during pregnancy can help supporting the balance of the musculoskeletal system and through this alleviate pain and discomfort. By ensuring a good mobility of the spine, the pelvic and shoulder girdle the body is in a better position to adapt to postural changes necessary during pregnancy.
A good mobility of the pelvis during pregnancy and especially towards the end of pregnancy is of major importance. The mobility and position of the pelvis can have an effect on the position of the baby in utero and birthing itself. It is the role of Osteopathy to aid with pelvis position and mobility to increase maternal wellbeing.
After labour Osteopathy can help releasing adhesions of scar tissue and rebalancing pelvic asymmetries and thus help with pelvic pain or pain originating from the coccyx. Osteopathy can ease tensions in the body created by carrying a baby and help you learn to prevent them by giving postural advice.