It’s quite normal to get some discomfort during and directly after a pregnancy but if you have any concerns please feel free to mention any issues. Many commonly used medications for these symptoms are often not recommended for a pregnant or breast feeding mother. Osteopathic treatment may offer an alternative approach to help alleviate the pain of these common conditions:
- Generalised muscular back pain, either during pregnancy or post-delivery.
- Headaches arising from problems in the neck
- SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) – pain or discomfort in the joint at the front of the pelvis
- Sacro Iliac Joint pain – occurring in the lower back (lumbago)
- Sciatica and leg pain (neuralgia) associated with back pain
- Hip, knee and or ankle pain
- Rib and thoracic spinal problems leading to breathlessness and difficulty in deep breathing
- Neck aches and headaches
- Post-delivery low back or pelvic pain
- Cramp and muscle spasms
During pregnancy, musculoskeletal changes occur such as the softening of ligaments, weight increase and changes to posture. Some musculoskeletal changes associated with pregnancy are maintained after delivery, sometimes for many years? Some new mothers like to return for follow-up osteopathic treatment after giving birth, to check for issues that may not resolve on their own. Repetitive carrying and lifting both baby and related equipment can cause problems also.
Robert is also trained to assess babies; check in advance if you would like to make an appointment for your child.
Osteopaths treat people of all ages including babies. A wide range of safe techniques can be used from very gentle stretching and massage, to cranial osteopathy. These techniques are all very gentle as babies are ‘softer’ than adults and they can create a deep relaxation, calming and increase wellbeing in babies and children.
Sometimes there is a requirement to work alongside local lactation consultants to give postural and nutritional advice to attempt help with breastfeeding.