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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.
No one wants to be in pain and yet all people will experience a specific form of pain at some point during their lifetime. Knowing the kind of pain you are in is important for properly communicating your needs to an osteopath or doctor. Different kinds of pain include:
- Acute pain (pain that is only temporary)
- Chronic pain (pain that is persistent and doesn’t go away)
- Bone pain
- Tissue pain (this includes tendons, ligaments, muscles, organs and other soft tissue)
- Nerve pain (often caused by damage to one or more nerves)
- Referred pain (pain that radiates to other areas of the body)
- Complete pain (pain that includes physical, mental and emotional elements)
Everyone experiences pain differently and some people may have a higher pain tolerance than others. Being able to know what kind of pain you are in will be able to help us figure out how to best treat your symptoms and underlying problems. It’s also a good idea to take specific notes about your pain as it happens.
Describe in detail how the pain feels (is it stabbing, burning or aching?), where it is if it came about suddenly or appeared over time if anything makes the pain feel better or worse, when the pain showed up and how severe it is.
If you are in pain you may not know exactly what’s going on. This is where an osteopath can truly help you get on the road to recovery. By being able to sit down with an osteopath one-on-one we can help diagnose the cause of your pain and then come up with the non-invasive treatment options for helping treat or manage your pain.
An osteopath’s goal is to improve how your body functions as a whole to improve your physical and mental well-being and your quality of life. By providing an array of different manipulative techniques to all areas of the body, we can improve how all systems within the body function.
We don’t just focus on the source of the pain but how your entire body functions as a whole so we can provide more comprehensive and thorough care. Through stretching, active and passive resistance and applying manual pressure to the musculoskeletal system we can promote faster and more efficient healing to reduce and even eliminate your pain.