There can be so many changes to a woman's body during pregnancy. Some of these changes are physical as well as hormonal.
Changes that can occur to a woman's body during pregnancy include:
1. Increased weight distributed around the body, the most obvious being the growth of your abdominal region.
2. Hormonal changes can also affect physical changes as the hormone 'relaxin' is released to soften your ligaments to prepare for the birthing process.
3. Centre of gravity changes...you may feel slightly off balance!
These few changes can put a lot of stress on your lower back. See Figure 2. (And this list of changes are the bare minimum!)
Different musculoskeletal conditions that can arise throughout your pregnancy are:
- Headaches, including migraines and/or neck pain
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Low back pain
- Disc problems in the neck or low back
- General muscle aches
- Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Upper rib pain/ Neuralgia
- See Figure 1
Figure 1. Different conditions that can arise during your pregnanacy
Figure 2. Increased weight in the abdomen causes your pelvis to tilt forward, increasing the curvature in your low back and upper spine, this combined with centre of gravity shift can cause low back sprains and aches.
How can Osteopathy help my pregnancy pain?
At Moreland Osteopathy we are able to assist your pregnancy aches and pains via manual therapy techniques and exercise/ stretching prescription.
Some techniques we use for our pregnancy clients are mainly gentle soft tissue massage, stretching, gentle articulation or mobility of joints. We use these techniques in order to give your body a chance to take charge, and help itself. Some effects of Osteopathy are to increase blood flow to your injured site, therefore decreasing pain levels, also by gentle stretching we will lengthen congested areas to again increase blood flow and ease the pressure through certain joints and muscles.
Every treatment is tailored to you so if you prefer or respond better to certain techniques then we will take that into account. We have excellent bedside manner and aim to make you feel comfortable at all times. We pride ourselves on taking the utter-most care for our pregnancy clients.
At Moreland Osteopathy in Coburg, we have a pregnancy belly pillow which has been said (by all of our pregnancy clients) to be the most comfortable pillow to lye on face down, while your practitioner examines you and treats you. This pillow is completely safe; it is non-permeable, anti-microbial, and has a hospital grade cover.