Pregnancy is a time of enormous changes to the body which can result in discomfort, or even pain, as the months go by. This can occur even with no previous history of back pain and can make your pregnancy more difficult to enjoy. Many of the pains and strains felt in pregnancy are due to hormonal changes, loosening of ligaments, postural change and reorganising of abdominal organs.
Common pregnancy related complaints include:
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Pubic pain
- Sciatic pain
- Low back and hip pain
- Sacral/Coccyx pain
- Pelvic floor issues
- Neck, shoulder and upper back pain
- Rib pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Osteopathy can be a great tool in pregnancy, offering a safe way of treating the body to help with many of these symptoms (1,2,3). Often a slight readjustment of the body can give relieve to the pregnant body as it helps to integrate the changes in orientation that occur through the growth of the baby.
It is also recommended to have osteopathic check up post birth to assist recovery in the pelvis, pelvic floor, lower back and shoulders. Osteopathy has been shown to give great relief to women suffering from back pain postpartum (5).