Is It Safe To Visit An Osteopath When Pregnant?
September 1, 2020
Yes it is safe to visit an osteopath when pregnant. Many women find osteopathy helpful in the later stages of pregnancy when the body is under considerable strain.
Expectant mums can experience pain and discomfort in the back, neck, shoulders, hips and pelvis. Indigestion, heartburn, SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) and fatigue are also common problems.
Osteopaths are highly qualified therapists and are trained to help alleviate this pain and help you prevent these common problems before they occur. Check out these:
One common theme I hear over and over is that back pain is part and parcel of being pregnant and there is nothing you can do about it. This is simply not true. There are lots of things you can do to help relieve this pain. Some problems can be treated quite easily with a few postural and lifestyle adjustments.
How does an osteopath treat during pregnancy?
As osteopaths, we use non-invasive techniques such as massage and articulation techniques to improve the blood flow into the affected areas. This helps reduce the pain and discomfort.
These techniques are carefully selected following a detailed discussion with the patient to ensure the mother and baby are comfortable at all times. Some therapists may use pregnancy cushions for certain techniques, particularly if you need to lie on your front.
The symptoms associated with back pain during pregnancy should not be neglected. If unaddressed, these symptoms can often affect the lifestyle and health of the mother post-natal. It is vital you understand the underlying cause of your back pain, including appropriate prevention and treatment options.
As always, if you have any questions about the above or the conditions we treat, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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