Osteopathy and Pregnancy
By: Brock Palma, B.Kin, Osteopathy (Current Study)
During pregnancy, there are many physiological and developmental changes and that the maternal body undergoes in order to accommodate a growing fetus. These changes can disrupt the body’s structure and ability to function. Some of these changes may include water retention, postural changes, increase in weight, and ligament laxity due to the position of the growing baby. A combination of these alterations can put extra pressure on the joints and muscles of the spine and pelvis.
For those who don’t know what Osteopathy is, the philosophy is that the structure and function of the body are interrelated as well as independent from one another. The techniques of Osteopathy are aimed to help normalize the structure that is restricted, so that it has the capability to function as efficiently as possible. This philosophy does not change during pregnancy. Our, job as osteopathic manual practitioners is to help assist the natural process of birth, by bringing the body back to proper alignment so that it can adapt during the the pregnancy process. The techniques are safe and effective all while making the mother comfortable at all times.
During the birthing process, there are a range of factors that influence the baby resting in the womb as well as the descent through the pelvis. The mother’s pelvis may be rigid or even twisted which can cause interference when having the baby pass through the birth canal. Osteopathic treatment can help to re-align the mother’s body so that there is little to no restriction and/or tension on the low back and pelvis.
Osteopathy is both very gentle and safe for the mother and baby. The techniques used are to minimize any risk during pregnancy, and the comfort of the mother is always taken into consideration. Thus, an Osteopathic manual practitioner can accommodate and adapt to any woman regardless of size. At any point during the treatment, pregnant patients are encouraged to tell the therapist their comfort level when in certain positions to maximize the patient’s well-being.
Depending of the type of labour endured, women can have a variety of issues post partum. Osteopathy can help to restore pelvic mobility and alignment, taking away any discomfort and pain that the patient may be feeling. If there were unresolved childbirth stresses from labour, they can manifest to difficulties with menstruation, bowel problems and even ongoing back issues. Osteopathic treatment can also help with the aches of carrying the newborn baby, poor breast-feeding posture and even bending over the cradle to put the baby to sleep. All in all, postpartum Osteopathic treatment can help with long term preventive care, allowing you to relax, and enjoy your new loved one.
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