Your osteopath will carefully select the most appropriate treatment techniques to maximise the comfort of you and your growing baby.
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We love guiding women and babies through pregnancy and beyond.
Osteopathy and pregnancy
Changes during pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body undergoes a tremendous change to accommodate the growing foetus. Apart from the noticeable 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. As a result, your supporting ligaments also soften. These factors can add stress to your body, causing problems like back pain, sciatica, insomnia, shortness of breath, swelling, high blood pressure and fatigue.
Your osteopath can offer advice about managing these symptoms and demonstrate self-help techniques that you and your partner can use during pregnancy and labour.
Your osteopath will also work with other health practitioners to ensure optimum care and open communication. In addition, your osteopath aims to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth – maximising your body’s ability to change and support you and your baby with a minimum of pain and discomfort.
Your baby and osteopathy
Birthing and beyond
In birth, a range of factors influences the baby’s descent through the birth canal. Osteopathic care aims to restore and maintain normal pelvic alignment and mobility, helping to reduce musculoskeletal stresses experienced during birth.
After the birth, your osteopath may advise you to make return visits to prevent or manage problems like pelvic and low back strain. Your osteopath will also make referrals to other health professionals as needed.
This aims to help you meet your baby’s needs whilst caring for your own.
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Osteopath and your baby
Osteopathy for babies
Pregnancy and birth are natural, albeit physically demanding, experiences for women and their babies.
The stresses and forces on an infant’s body in-utero and during birth can result in strains of their soft and immature musculoskeletal system. These forces depend on the baby’s position during pregnancy, how they present during labour and what, if any, interventions might have been required, e.g. caesarian section, forceps.
The resulting strains may contribute to problems experienced with your baby’s sleeping, eating, movement and development. Osteopathic care for babies is very gentle. Our Osteopath, Caitlin Wells, is experienced with treating babies and children.
Some things that might indicate an Osteopathic treatment could benefit your little one:
- Irritability and difficulty sleeping.
- Excessive crying, restlessness, inability to settle.
- Feeding difficulties in latching or suckling.
- Colic, reflux or digestive problems.
- Asymmetry in head shape (plagiocephaly).
- Musculoskeletal and postural imbalances.
- Movement difficulties transitioning to rolling, crawling, walking etc.
- Favouring one side in rolling or turning head.
- A dislike for car rides and the car seat.
Osteopathy and your family
Osteopathy for toddlers and children
Injuries aren’t just for adults – muscle and joint strains and sprains can happen to children of any age: as a result of poor posture in an unsupportive car seat, a rolled ankle playing chase, or a collision on the football field. These are all things to watch out for; as children learn new skills, they push their bodies to the limit.
These stresses and strains mustn’t have an ongoing effect on their musculoskeletal growth and development.
This is where our Osteopaths specifically trained in infant, and neonatal care can help.
Our Osteopaths use various light manual techniques to treat your child and work with the family or other mainstream medical professionals to implement management strategies at home to help their bodies heal.