Pregnancy & Osteopathy
During pregnancy, because of the rapid increase in weight and the change of body shape, there is a shift in the body’s centre of gravity. The changes brought about by mechanical stress are exhaggerated by the effect of circulating hormones of pregnancy which tend to weaken muscles and supporting ligaments.
There is an increase in the interstitial fluid (around cells) brought about by the increased circulation necessary to meet the additional metabolic demands of the growing fetus and placenta.
The normal posture of a pregnant mother is challenged and this, together with the residue of any past accidents/trauma, can result in fascial torsions that effect the flow of lymph vessels travelling through the connective tissues.
Osteopathic treatment is aimed at addressing mechanical changes related to pregnancy, ensuring that pelvic movement is free and that the spine is able to make the necessary adaptations demanded of it. Helping postnatal recovery is an important part of an osteopathic care plan.