Pregnancy Osteopath – Pregnancy Osteopath South Yarra
Our Pregnancy Osteopaths are qualified to treat pregnant women and enjoy working with pregnant bellies! We work closely with leading Melbourne obstetricians and are one of their preferred osteopaths. Osteopathic care is safe throughout all stages of your pregnancy. We also have specialised pregnancy pillows which allow you to lie on your tummy until 40 weeks!
Treatment by an osteopath can help maximise your body’s ability to adjust to the changes during and after pregnancy. Osteopath treatment is gentle, drug free and non-invasive. We aim to release the mechanical problems caused by pregnancy, improve circulation and aim to balance the pelvis to aid in an easier delivery.
Why do pregnant women visit an osteopath?
- General Osteopathic treatment to cope with your pregnancy. Back and neck pain as a result of extra strain on the spine
- Gastro-intestinal upsets such as nausea due to increased pressure on the diaphragm and gastro-intestinal organs and the physiological changes of pregnancy.
- Swelling of the feet and ankles (lymphoedema) caused by changes in fluid dynamics and biomechanics
- History of back problems which could affect pregnancy or delivery
Labour also stresses the mother’s body! The mother’s pelvis may be subject to lasting strains from the forces required to deliver a baby. Untreated, the stresses placed on a body can contribute to ongoing back problems, period pain, incontinence, constipation, headaches and post-natal depression. These stresses may be present whether the baby is born vaginally or by caesarian.
Osteopathic treatment after labour can assist the mother in returning to normal by releasing strains from both pregnancy and labour. Treatment will remove tension, help the mother cope with broken sleep, remove any new strains that occur due to breast feeding, nursing and lifting, and prevents future problems by realigning the spine and pelvis and treating the mechanical problems caused during pregnancy.