By Hannah Whitcombe
During pregnancy the body undergoes many changes due to the increasing volume of the bump. In fact, the body weight increases and the ligaments loosen due to hormonal factors, affecting global posture.
This has a direct impact on the mobility of the joints as well as the function of the internal organs, causing frequent pain or discomfort in the expectant mother.
The most common are:
- Low back pain and sciatica
- Pelvic and coccyx pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and leg swelling
- Shoulder and middle back pain
- Neck pain and headache
- Gastroesophageal reflux and constipation
Osteopathy provides a safe and effective form of relief during pregnancy. Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage with the aim of:
➢Increasing the mobility of the joints
➢Relieving muscle tension
➢Enhancing blood flow to supply the tissues
In addition to this, advice from your osteopath can help you maximise the effects of the treatment itself and improve your posture. Here at Osteopathy West London we are highly specialised in management and treatment of pregnant ladies and new mums.
NHS recommends to make sure you see an osteopath who specialises in muscles or joint pain during pregnancy (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteopathy/).
If you would like to speak to a member of our team, please call on 0208 088 0614 and we would be happy to help, or to book a FREE consultation, please click here.