Osteopathy is safe (both during pregnancy and for new mothers), but like all forms of healthcare there are risks as well as benefits.
At Wollongong Osteopathy, our Osteopaths understand the progressive changes that occur to a pregnant woman’s body to allow for the developing child. Difficulties may arise as the ligaments soften, spinal curves adapt and the centre of gravity shifts.
Some of the common pregnancy-related symptoms Osteopaths assist with include:
- Back and pelvic pain or discomfort
- Breathing difficulties.
We may assess your body pre-pregnancy to ensure there are no underlying restrictions. Many pregnant women will continue the regular advice and treatment from our Osteopaths even if they are not experiencing difficulties, to ensure continuing comfort and preparation for their labour and delivery.
The female spine and pelvis are vulnerable to lasting strains from the forces during pregnancy and childbirth.
Once your baby is born, you may continue to find new or ongoing pain issues. Lower back and neck pain is common for new mothers as there is so much lifting involved.
Our osteopaths may advise you about how to care for yourself including:
- Strengthening exercises – particularly core strength
- Stretching techniques
- Postural advice
- Exercise recommendations