While pregnancy is an exciting time it’s a different experience for every woman. Some women never experience morning sickness while others continue to suffer from it throughout their pregnancy. Some women breeze through their pregnancy with only mild discomfort, while other women may deal with significant musculoskeletal pain. With the added weight and the hormonal changes it’s only natural that you may experience aches and pains. Of course, you want to find a way to tackle your problems while also keeping you and the baby healthy and safe. This is where an osteopath can help.
One of the most common complaints pregnant women have is lower back pain. Fortunately, lower back pain is one symptom that responds best to osteopathic treatment. It’s also pretty common to deal with digestive issues at some point, whether it’s gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or constipation. While these are certainly conditions that can be improved through medication, if you want to treat your symptoms without medication then osteopathic therapy may be your best option.
Osteopathic medicine employs stretching, massage and manual therapy to improve how the musculoskeletal system functions. As the pregnancy progress, the weight gain can affect the biomechanical balance and cause certain misalignments within the body. The can lead to pain in the back, neck, legs or shoulders. By applying safe manual thrusts to certain areas of the body we can realign the spine, take pressure off certain joints, increase blood flow and improve healing in areas where there is pain and inflammation.
Osteopathic therapy is also a great stress reliever. While your body is undergoing a lot of changes and the symptoms that go with it can be managed through an array of alternative therapy techniques, it’s also important to note the emotional and mental toll pregnancy can take. Having an effective way to reduce stress, anxiety and depression during your pregnancy is so very important. By turning to an osteopath, we can also help keep stress and anxiety in check, which will also improve how your body functions. Less stress equals less muscle tension. By providing your body with the tender and gentle care it needs we can help make pregnancy an enjoyable and easier experience.
If you are dealing with any musculoskeletal problems during your pregnancy then it’s time you turned to an osteopath to find out how we can help you.