Though it is a natural and life-changing experience, pregnancy can have a pronounced effect on the body that can result in prolonged issues with pain and posture.

Here we look at the changes that occur during pregnancy, the effects this can have on the function of the female body and the relief that can be offered by osteopathic treatment.

How the body changes

The most common changes for pregnant women include weight gain, increased breast size and the stretching of the uterus and abdominal muscles in order to accommodate the growth of the baby and eventual labour.

Together, these rapid changes to the composition and frame of body can be difficult to adapt to, leading to a number of issues that can cause discomfort through the pregnancy that may continue after giving birth.

Possible side-effects

Women can experience a number of issues attributed to the hormonal and physical changes that occur naturally as part of pregnancy, normally causing varying levels of discomfort, aches and pains.

These include increased strain and tension on muscles and joints surrounding the neck, shoulders, hips and knees, added pressure on the spine and lower back, abdominal pain and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.

Other side effects include headaches, breathlessness, nausea, heartburn, sciatica, circulatory issuers and swelling of the legs and feet.

How can Osteopathic treatment help?

Osteopathic treatment can help women experiencing skeletal and muscle pain during pregnancy by taking a holistic approach to easing discomfort.

During an initial consultation, a trained Osteopath will discuss the issues that are being experienced and following a brief physical assessment, will make recommendations of the treatments that may provide relief.

Methods include soft tissue massage to help relieve tension and strain, exercises and stretches tailored to help modify posture and realign the spine and pelvis, and even advice on breathing techniques and exercises that can aid well-being.

Get in touch

Ultimately, the aim of osteopathic treatment is to relieve pressure and manage pain throughout your pregnancy.

At Solihull Osteopathic Practice we believe that some relief from pain can be achieved by careful diagnosis and a clear plan of holistic treatment. To find out more about how we may be able to help, please call our friendly team on 0121 705 4499.