During pregnancy your body undergoes massive postural and weight changes in a relatively short period of time. Whilst this is normal and necessary, for some people, this can cause a lot of discomfort. Imbalance along the spine and changes in muscle activity may lead to increased strain along the spine as you little one grows. This can increase the risk of joint pain.
Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Massage and Pilates can be excellent and gentle ways to help prepare the body. They can help balance and remove excessive strain from your bodies supporting structures. Lastly they can be used throughout pregnancy to help soothe, comfort and relax the expectant mother.
In fact, research into the effects of Osteopathy, in particular, during pregnancy has confirmed that Osteopathic treatment can –
- Lower the need for use of forceps during delivery
- Reduce the duration of labour
- Decrease the probability of preterm delivery
- Reduce the probability of meconium-stained amniotic fluid
- Lower the risk of low back pain
- Prevent SIJ dysfunction
- Alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome
- Lower blood pressure
- Decrease fluid overload
At Move, we provide you with useful postural advice, gentle stretches and exercises. All aimed at helping you through the 9 months to term, and your recovery after delivery. This also means that we at move use Osteopathic techniques throughout pregnancy that are gentle & designed not to place stress on the tissues. This in turn ensures that the spine, pelvis, shoulder and hip girdles remain flexible. This in turn enables the body to adapt to the changing dynamics of pregnancy.
Exercise during pregnancy
Exercise advice throughout pregnancy is really important and great to get from someone who knows. It is aimed at maintaining and improving the muscular tone of the pelvic floor and the abdominal core. Both of which may assist recovery postpartum.
Exercise through pregnancy may also:
- Reduce incidence of pregnancy related pelvic pain (SIJ pain)
- Symphisis pubis dysfunction (SPD)
- Thoracic pain
- Rectus diastasis (separation of the abdominal muscles).
- Incontinence and Constipation.
- Pelvic organ prolapse.