Osteopathy and Pregnancy
Aches and pains are common during pregnancy. The ovaries produce the hormone relaxin which causes ligaments to soften, allowing the pelvic bones to shift slightly during delivery. This is a good thing of course because it makes delivery easier. Unfortunately, the softening of the ligaments also affects the whole body which means it’s much more vulnerable to strain as it changes to accommodate your baby.
Pain isn’t an inevitable part of pregnancy and gentle osteopathy is a safe and effective way of relieving some of the physical discomforts.
Osteopathic treatment while pregnant can ease some of the symptoms typically associated with pregnancy including:
- Generalised muscular back pain
- Sacro iliac joint pain – occurring in the lower back
- Sciatica and leg pain associated with back pain
- Rib and thoracic spinal problems leading to breathlessness and difficulty in deep breathing
- Neck aches and headaches
- PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain) or SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) – pain or discomfort in the joint at the front of the pelvis
New research suggests that PGP is caused by a pelvic joint problem rather than a hormonal problem as previously thought. It can be treated effectively by ‘hands-on’ manual therapy from a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor experienced in treating PGP. PGP, formally known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, affects 1 in 5 pregnant women and symptoms can occur at any stage during or following pregnancy. PGP causes pain and stiffness in the pelvic joints, difficulty walking, climbing stairs and turning in bed.
Traditionally, it was thought that nothing could be done in pregnancy, but it is now known that for most women, pregnancy aches and pains, including PGP, are treatable conditions. It is never too early or too late to seek treatment. It is safe to treat at any stage during or after pregnancy, even if there is very severe pain.
Every patient’s problems are unique, and your treatment at Solihull Osteopathic Practice will be specific to your symptoms.
If you would like more information about osteopathy during pregnancy, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.