Pregnancy produces the largest postural change that a woman will undergo. As the baby grows in the womb, its extra weight results in changes to mum’s centre of gravity and posture, potentially leading to a variety of aches and pains throughout the body. Osteopaths regularly use their skills to gently help mum’s-to-be, at any stage of gestation, employing a variety of techniques to ease supporting muscles and ligaments and therefore potentially relieve discomfort as well as many other associated symptoms such as headaches, digestive disturbance and sciatica. After delivery it is advised that new mums return for a structural examination and treatment, where required.
Hints & Tips
1. Take particular care when lifting / carrying,
2. Don’t carry a child on one hip,
3. On standing keep your bottom ‘tucked in’ to reduce spinal strain,
4. On sitting, use support cushions and avoid crossing your legs,
5. Avoid twisting movements, which may strain the spine and pelvis,
6. If side-lying, place a pillow under your ‘bump’ and between your knees,
7. Whilst lying on your back, place 1-3 pillows beneath your knees.
Babies are born with flexibility within the skull permitting the head to adapt to the forces of labour, which subsequently self-correct. New Baby check-ups are often beneficial and the gentle skillful application of the Cranial approach is the Osteopathic treatment of choice for this age group.
Children put their bodies through a lot of mechanical stresses and strains with active play and rapid growth spurts. Problems often become apparent, over time, due to prior strains, trauma such as falls onto their backs/bangs on their heads plus recurrent illness or infection. Children may make better progress once Osteopathic treatment has been applied to release these restrictions.