Pregnancy and birth places stress on a woman’s body, stretching ligaments and joints.
Treatment by an Osteopath can help restore the body’s balance by realigning the spine and pelvis to reduce discomfort after birth. Treatments are gentle and do not require removal of clothes.
Our treatment can help with managing symptoms such as muscular tension in pre and post-pregnancy:
Coccyx & Lower back pain
Ostitis Pubis (Front pelvic pain)
Neck and shoulder pain
Pelvic Instability (sacral movement in pregnancy)
Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare that treats the whole person. Your osteopath will carefully select the most appropriate treatment techniques to maximise the safety and comfort of you and your growing baby*.
Changes during pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body undergoes tremendous change to accommodate the growing fetus. Apart from the obvious physical changes like expansion of the abdominal region, hormonal releases can affect the function of your body’s internal systems. As your pregnancy progresses, the extra weight creates a shift in your body’s centre of gravity. Your supporting ligaments also soften. These factors may increase extra stress to your body, contributing to problems like back pain, sciatica, insomnia, shortness of breath, swelling, fatigue. Your osteopath can offer advice about managing these symptoms.
Birthing and beyond
In birth, the descent of the baby through the pelvis is influenced by a range of factors. If the mother’s pelvis is twisted or stiff, it can interfere with the baby’s passage through the birth canal. Osteopathic care may restore and maintain normal pelvic alignment and mobility. After the birth, your osteopath may advise you to make return visits to prevent or manage problems like pelvic and low back strain, and refer to other health professionals for pelvic floor weakness, mastitis, lactation issues and settling issues.
Osteopathy recognises the particular stresses on the body children experience as they grow from babies to teenagers, and has developed an approach to work with children of all ages.
A range of problems may interfere with the normal development of a child. Childhood accidents and falls, or simply the young body's rapid growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include posture problems, inflammatory conditions and sporting injuries.
An osteopath will work with you and your child to plan the best way forward. The osteopath will take a complete medical history, conduct an examination, and ask you and your child questions. Your osteopath and you can determine which type of osteopathic treatment is suitable, and if referrals to other health practitioners are needed. Your osteopath can also offer advice on nutrition, general health, posture and exercise.
Osteopathic treatment can help infants with:
muscular growth pains
managing symptoms such as muscular tension associated with feeding difficulties
functional torticollis (flat head syndrome)
Our treatment can help kids with*:
back pain and headaches
managing symptoms such as muscular tension associated with growing pains, scoliosis and period pain
gait disturbances, walking difficulties or foot pain
Osteopathic care is gentle.
*Research and Evidence www.osteopathy.org.au/pages/children-and-babies.html
SCHOOL AGE KIDS
Once your child begins their school years, factors such as poor posture, heavy school bags and non supportive school shoes contribute to musculoskeletal complaints such as:
headaches and neck sprains
hip and back pain
elbow pain (which may contribute to poor writing skills)
ankle pain and instability
tripping and playground accidents
These are all potentially musculoskeletal orientated problems where traditional osteopathic treatment can help.
San Diego Osteopathic Center for Children www.osteopathiccenter.org