Osteopathy & Pregnancy
General indications during pregnancy
During pregnancy hormonal changes and postural adjustments demand maximum performance from a body. Loss of mobility during pregnancy can have negative effects on the quality of life of the expectant mother and also on the development and mobility of the unborn child.
General problems of the musculoskeletal system
- Back pain with radiations
- Tensions, diffuse back and neck pain
- Acute complaints «lumbago» or «dislocations»
- Supportive treatment for chronic complaints (Tendonitis – Carpal tunnel syndrome)
General problems of the visceral area
- Respiratory system; support with shortness of breath
- Digestive system; flatulence - constipation - heartburn
- Urogenital system; menstrual cramps - stress incontinence
Stress reduction – reduced vital capacity and performance
"Osteopathic treatment in newborns, children and pregnant women are extremely mild and safe "
Study by Van Tintelen Manuel: "Safety of osteopathy".
Osteopathy as birth preparation
It is very important to relax the pelvic region and the diaphragm before giving birth. An optimal mobility of the pelvis facilitates the passage of the baby through the birth canal. A flexible diaphragm improves breathing of the mother-to-be, enabling more powerful and more efficient contractions.
Osteopathy after birth
After a spontaneous birth
During a spontaneous child birth, the pelvic load is very high. This stress, along with the hormonally loosened ligaments and a decrease in the abdominal and back muscles, can lead to a pelvic blocking, which often leads to back pain and irritation of the sciatic nerve.
After a caesarean birth
After a caesarean section, the healing and scarring process can often result in impaired tissue function. Scar tissue is contractile tissue that has a strong influence on the blood flow and mobility of the internal muscles. This loss of movement leads to tension and changes in posture. During an osteopathic treatment, the circulation of the tissue is stimulated and the internal fascial "cross-links" dissolved in the body. This will make the scar tissue softer and more elastic.
An osteopathic treatment brings the body back into balance, enabling faster recovery.