Osteopathy and Pregnancy
Osteopathic treatment through pregnancy is a gentle way of helping the body adapt to the changes which are taking place.
The safety of the mother and baby is the osteopath’s first concern. After a thorough assessment, osteopathic treatment may help to relieve the aches and pains caused by the growth in size of the baby and the accommodation of the mother to this. Osteopathy can help relieve:
Low back and leg pain
Neck and shoulder pain
Discomfort around the thorax and indigestion
Post natal problems of the pelvis
- Look after your back during pregnancy. Take particular care when lifting and carrying other children. Try not to carry a small child on one hip for an extended period.
- If you stand for any length of time, keep your bottom ‘tucked in’ to reduce the strain on the lower part of your spine.
- When sitting, use a cushion for support and don’t sit with your legs crossed. Avoid twisting movements. These may cause torsional strain within the pelvis.
- Lying on your side in bed, place a pillow under ‘the bump’ to provide support and also put a pillow between your knees to prevent back strain.
- Make sure all equipment (changing table, pushchair, pram, etc.) is at a comfortable height for you.
For further information, feel free to contact our Osteopathy team here at Teddington Osteopaths.