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Osteopathic treatment for Pregnancy Pain

 

Osteopath Brisbane - Pregnancy & Babies

Having a baby is one of the most intense experiences your body can go through. You might constantly feel like you have just run a marathon, or been hit by a bus!

Our Osteopaths are experienced at assisting pregnant women, babies and children with gentle techniques to balance the musculoskeletal system.

During and post pregnancy, your body will experience rapid changes that will place increased stress on your muscles, ligaments and joints. Most women believe pain and discomfort go hand in hand during pregnancy and often believe they must wait until after the birth of their child to experience relief.

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Pregnancy Pain usually presents in one or more of the following forms:

  • Pelvic and pubic painOsteopathy treatment for Pregnancy Pain
  • Muscle and ligament pain
  • Hip pain and sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and heart burn/reflux
  • Difficulty taking a full breath
  • Digestive problems
  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Chest heaviness
  • Ankle pain and swelling
  • Abdominal tightness

Why do we get pregnancy pain?

Pain arises during pregnancy due to the increased demands on joints, muscles and ligaments to accommodate the growing baby2. During pregnancy, the body releases numerous hormones to accommodate the physical changes that are required to support the growing embryo and to prepare the mother for labour. One of which is the hormone known as Relaxin. As the name suggests, Relaxin causes ligaments to relax in order to help the body’s posture to change to accommodate the growing baby. Problems can occur throughout this process as the ligaments surrounding joints become more lax, meaning muscles must contract in order to keep the joints stable. Relaxin helps the pelvis to become more relaxed to allow for an easier birth, however it doesn’t just affect the pelvis. It affects every single ligament and connective tissue in your body from your fingers right down to your ankles.

 

What is happening?

The pelvis is the foundation which the whole spinal column balances upon. However, with pregnancy comes a forward tilting of the pelvis to allow the belly to expand outwards as the baby grows and develops. This tilting must be counterbalanced by an increase in low back spinal curvature. The alteration in this curve causes the supportive ligaments and disc structures to be used less, instead being replaced with the muscular system. This role reversal can be used effectively for a short period of time but with the ever growing baby demanding more room, the abdomen must continue to distend, reducing the muscular ability to counterbalance. This eventually leads to a break down in the muscular system’s capacity to be used effectively as muscles can only be stretched so far before they fail1.

 

How may Osteopathy help during pregnancy?

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Osteopathic care throughout pregnancy is designed to enable the woman to adjust and adapt to the structural changes her body is making for the demands of the growing baby with minimal pain or discomfort1. Osteopathic care may help to prepare the body for labour, allowing structures to move more freely during delivery and may assist the body to recover more effectively from the trauma of labour2.

Receiving regular treatments, particularly throughout the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy, may help the body to adapt quickly and efficiently to structural changes in the spine and pelvis resulting in a smooth and discomfort free pregnancy.

 

 

Birth preparation

Birth preparation typically occurs from the 32nd week of pregnancy. The aim is to assist the pelvis and surrounding muscles to move as freely as possible,  which may assist in childbirth.

This will be done using a range of hands on techniques such as soft tissue massage, stretching and moving joints through their ranges of motion. This limits musculoskeletal strains which may contribute to a difficult labour.

Tips to help manage pain during pregnancy


  • If you are stretching regularly, for example in yoga, be careful not to push yourself too far. Instead hold a comfortable stretch to prevent over stretching and causing an injury
  • Have a gentle exercise program during your pregnancy to strengthen your back and core muscles to prevent them from weakening and causing pain
  • Cat and Cow yoga stretches help to keep the spine moving freely and also help in cases where the baby is in a breached position
  • Elevate your legs above your heart to help with swelling in the legs
  • Ensure you have good posture when sitting for long periods of time – roll your shoulder blades down and into your back, draw your belly button in towards your spine, tuck your pelvis up and under your spine and keep the chest in a neutral position instead of lifting upwards
  • Use a pregnancy pillow when in bed
  • Wear supportive shoes instead of thongs and high heels
  • Use heat to reduced muscular tension

Osteopathic treatment uses a combination of hands-on techniques to improve the structure and function of your body, help alleviate pain and discomfort, and get your body moving the way it was designed to. Your baby can also experience these benefits, helping them to adjust to the changes their bodies make as they grow and develop. Osteopathy is a safe and effective treatment option for Colic, difficulties sleeping or settling, and breast feeding difficulties. Your Osteopath will assess the body as a whole and treat not just the source of pain, but any underlying contributing factors to help you feel better than ever.


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New patients - please select an initial consultation with our Osteopath Emma Kopcikas at our practice in Grange, Brisbane.

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References

1. DiGiovanna, Eileen L, Stanley Schiowitz, and Dennis J Dowling. An Osteopathic Approach To Diagnosis And Treatment. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2005. Print.

2. Stone, Caroline. Visceral And Obstetric Osteopathy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingston/Elsevier, 2007. Print.