There are many hormonal, fluid and mechanical changes that occur during pregnancy. This is to allow for an expanding uterus and the subsequent growth and wellbeing of your baby. All your bodily systems undergo changes during pregnancy, including the musculoskeletal system. The hormonal changes cause the ligaments and muscles in your pelvis, lower back and hip to soften so they are more fluid and more easily stretched. It is common for women to get lower back and pelvic pain in pregnancy as a consequence of this, particularly in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. It is also common for women to get neck, shoulder and upper back pain due to postural changes and growing breast tissue.
Osteopathy in pregnancy will help to support your rapidly changing structure and help to relieve tensions to the spine, pelvis, shoulders and hip girdles, allowing the body to adapt more comfortably to these changes.
Osteopathic treatment following the birth of your baby (vaginal and sections) can help to relieve the physical stresses placed on your body during this busy period. Many women experience lower back, pelvic pain and pelvic floor trauma post-delivery. Osteopathy in postnatal care provides a hands on approach to relieving your discomfort and also gives advice on pelvic floor exercises, lifting and carrying your baby, postural advice and safe exercises.
The pelvic floor has an important role in urogynaeological health, respiration and spinal/postural stability. Pelvic floor problems can affect these functions. Pelvic floor weaknesses can be caused by pregnancy, birth, obesity, age, chronic increases in abdominal pressure and a sedentary lifestyle.
You may have a pelvic floor issues if you have any of the following symptoms;
Osteopathy for pelvic floor issues can help with these problems by using a combination of Osteopathic techniques as well as providing you with a tailored exercise program allowing you to progress at a safe pace.
Pelvic floor issues are still present in women years beyond childbirth so you may be asked about your Obstetric history even if you are in your 70’s!
If Real Time Ultrasound is required, for patient education purposes, you will be referred to one of our recommended Women’s Health Physiotherapists for further assessment.