Pregnancy is an amazing experience. Many important changes occur in a short period of time. Over the months of pregnancy the mothers spine and pelvis has to adapt and her organs have to move to allow the baby space to grow. As the pregnancy progresses the changes increase resulting in many of the aches and pains which are felt. Even after the delivery the physical demands continue with breast or bottle feeding, changing nappies, and lifting to bathe or simply to hold the child.
The benefits of Osteopathic treatment during and after pregnancy are that it can help to ease some of the ache and discomfort of the physical changes. Osteopathic treatment is very effective at helping with the pelvic imbalances that occur during pregnancy, and also conditions such as sciatica, low back pain, hip pain and aching joints. The aim of treatment is to help maintain a good pelvic balance and function which will increase the chance of a natural delivery with few complications.
After the delivery Osteopathy can help with neck and shoulder ache that typically develops while feeding and nurturing, which can help to make life easier. Also advice to improve the mother’s posture as she nurses can be given. Treatment can even aid the mother achieve a swift postural improvement after the delivery.
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