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 between the spinal curves and altered muscle coordination patterns may lead to increasing strain on the spine as pregnancy advances, thereby predisposing to pain.
Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Massage and Pilates can be excellent and gentle ways to help prepare the body and to help balance and remove excessive strain from your bodies supporting structures. They can be used throughout pregnancy to help soothe, comfort and relax the mother.
In fact, research into the effects of Osteopathy, in particular, during pregnancy has confirmed that Osteopathic treatment can –
- Decrease use of forceps during delivery
- Decrease duration of labour
- Decrease probability of preterm delivery
- Decrease probability of meconium-stained amniotic fluid
- Decrease low back pain
- Decrease SIJ dysfunction
- Decrease carpal tunnel syndrome
- Decrease blood pressure
- Decrease fluid overload
At Move, we provide you with useful postural advice, gentle stretches and exercises to help you through the 9 months, and your recovery after delivery.
The Osteopathic techniques used throughout pregnancy are gentle & designed not to place stress on the tissues, ensuring that the spine, pelvis, shoulder and hip girdles are flexible, enabling the body to adapt to the changing dynamics that evolve.
Exercise advice throughout pregnancy aimed at maintaining and improving the muscular tone of the pelvic floor and the abdominal core may assist in recovery and reduced incidence of pregnancy related pelvic pain (SIJ pain), symphisis pubis dysfunction (SPD), thoracic pain, rectus diastasis (separation of the abdominal muscles), incontinence and constipation, and pelvic organ prolapse.