As someone who has been through the blessing of pregnancy, and childbirth, I can confirm first hand that your body goes through many changes. Some are pleasing but there are many others and some have a heavy load that can affect your every move. Unsurprisingly as your child grows your body can struggle to adapt to these changes. Plenty of expectant mums can find that these changes affect their back and pelvic area the most resulting in an increasing lack of comfort and pain that will inhibit mobility. If this sounds like you then left untended this can make the whole journey close to unbearable at times.
Ensuring that you keep fit and healthy while pregnant will help your body stay strong enough to cope with the myriad changes but also taking the time to understand what your body is telling you is key to managing “normal” pregnancy-related symptoms and pain.
At my practice, I see many patients who are either trying to fall pregnant, who are pregnant, as well as plenty of women who are in the postpartum stage. Some of the most common ailments that I see are;
Sciatic nerve pain
Neck and shoulder pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Lower back pain
Pelvic girdle pain and instability
Pelvic floor weakness or spasm
Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)
Let’s take a look at what can be done to help alleviate the pain and help you stay happy and mobile as there is a lot we can do!
Techniques that I use within treatment on women for the above complaints include:
A key part of my osteopathic treatment, massage not only relaxes you and can help you feel more comfortable but it also greatly helps with any circulation issues and muscle tightness you may be experiencing.
Stretching can help to alleviate tightness and pain and is a vital part of warming your muscles to the stresses they will increasingly be put under, helping you breathe more easily and move with greater ease.
Muscle Energy Techniques
This is designed to help alleviate the pain that can come from tight muscles and joints and works to give you a fuller feeling of balanced and range of motion.
Rehabilitation and Strength Work
As mentioned previously ensuring you maintain, and enhance, your strength levels during pregnancy will greatly help with your additional load and strains. We work with you to develop a plan that addresses the pains you may be experiencing.
Each woman will have a different experience during pregnancy, this is why each patient that I see has a tailored treatment plan as per the stage of pregnancy, or postnatal period, they are at and also their individual body needs as such we would never prescribe the same treatments to different patients. We also offer Pilates at the practice, both morning and evening. Pilates is great for increasing core strength and mobility and can be a great tool to have in your toolbox for combatting pain. You can view more about the Pilates classes that we have to offer at www.osteopathyoxford.oc.uk/pilates. Kop work in conjunction with Pop-Up Pilates, Oxford. You can receive £5 off your first block at Pop Up by booking through myself (Sophie), you can email me at [email protected]
Get in touch with me today if you have any questions and please forward this on to anyone who you feel may benefit from osteopathy, I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Until next time!
All the best,