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Osteopathy & Pregnancy

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Being pregnant can be a truly amazing experience - but there are a lot of aches and pains that can go hand-in-hand with pregnancy.

Pregnancy puts a lot of strain on the body as it goes through major changes to accommodate a growing baby. As the pregnancy progresses the extra weight creates a shift in the body’s centre of gravity, pulling the body off balance. 

Supporting ligaments loosen which can mean less stability, increasing the chance of injury. Low back pain and pelvic pain are also common complaints in pregnancy with up to 60% of women experiencing back pain. *

Many pregnant women find that treatment form an osteopath is very helpful for reducing pain throughout their pregnancy and in preparation for labour.

A 2010 study shows that osteopathic manipulative treatment slows or stops back-specific problems that can occur during the third trimester of pregnancy.# To assist with these problems, osteopaths may employ gentle soft tissue, articulation or stretching techniques during treatment.

Not only will your osteopath treat the symptoms and pains of pregnancy, they can also offer advice about managing them.

We often demonstrate self-help techniques that you and your partner can use during pregnancy and labour.

Osteopathy is a form of drug-free, manual healthcare that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. It positively affects the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

Osteopathy is safe for all age groups and osteopaths treat not only the specific problem but also provide lifestyle advice on diet, exercise, stress reduction, posture and breathing. Osteopaths encourage individuals to proactively prevent injuries and ailments, which in the long term leads to better overall health and less time and money spent on treatment. 

 * Wang, S.-M., Dezinno, P., Maranets, I., Berman, M., Caldwell-Andrews, A., & Kain, Z. (2004). Low Back Pain During Pregnancy: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 65-70.
# Licciardone, J., Buchanan, S., Hensel, K., King, H., Fulda, K., & Stoll, S. (2010). Osteopathic manipulative treatment of back pain and related symptoms during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 43.

Top Breastfeeding Tips

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Breastfeeding can be a stressful time for new mums, but there are steps you can take to make it easier for yourself and your baby:


  • Massage your breasts when you can. This reduces the sodium content of the milk, making it taste nicer for bub. It also reduces the chances of mastitis
  • Babies feed best when they have just woken up and are calm, so try if you can to feed them before they start crying to be fed. Look for little cues, like tongue thrusting and lip smacking.
  • Very young babies will push their head back if pressure is put on the back of their head . So, bring their body in close to yours when you try to feed, but instead of pushing against the back of their heads to guide them on to the boob, try putting your hand under their cheek and supporting their head that way. This will give them the freedom to move their head and neck in to the most comfortable and efficient position to feed .

If you have any questions about any of these tips, please call Sharon on 9907 8919

Are You Pregnant?

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Would you like to maximise your chances of a straight forward birth?


Did you know osteopathic treatment can improve birth outcomes? (1)


As well as helping to relieve back , pelvic and pubic symphysis pain, heartburn and headaches during pregnancy, recent research has shown better birth outcomes in women who have osteopathic treatment during pregnancy (1). 

Treatment is gentle and can help to balance out your pelvis and spine. This is thought to help the baby to enter the pelvis as level as possible as well as ease it's passage through the birth canal.

Sharon has also found that linking osteo treatment with the Calmbirth courses ( plus good nutrition can all add up to a more straight forward, happier delivery....

BUT please don't leave it too late ! If you want your pelvis checked out for the birth, come along as soon as you can. That way, if there are any major issues, we have a bit of time to sort them out.

Need more info? Call Sharon on 9907 8919

(1) Osteopathic manipulative treatment in pre-natal care. Evidence supporting improved outcomes and health policy implications '. Hollis H King AAO Journal 2000

Heartburn and pelvic pain?

Friday, July 27, 2012


Did you know that osteopathic treatment can help relieve heartburn during pregnancy?


Did you also know that quite often you get Heartburn and pelvic pain together?


The diameter of a woman's rib cage is meant to expand by up to 9cm over the course of her pregnancy, to make room for the baby.

For this to happen, she needs a nice flexible ribcage and a happy, stretchy diaphragm.

The diaphragm is not only the main breathing muscle, but it also has the food pipe pass through it to get to the stomach. Any tightness through the lower ribs and the diaphragm can not only worsen heartburn, but it can also reduce the room for baby.

As the baby grows and the uterus expands, if the diaphragm and lower ribs don't lift up and out of the way , the baby has to stay low and find room in the pelvis. This increases the load on mums' pelvis and means we often see pelvic and pubic symphysis or pelvic pain go hand in hand.




We can help the heartburn and the pelvic pain. Call 02 9907 8919 now for further information or to make an appointment.

Sharon Franklin - Director

Sleeping like a baby?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Did you know that osteopathic treatment may be able to help sleeping and behavioral issues in babies and kids?


Have you recently been on a flight , even a short, 1 hour domestic flight and your little one has stopped sleeping properly?


'Has your little one recently had a growth spurt or a fever?'


Are they more cranky or tearful than usual or just 'not themselves' and you have no idea why?


Over the sixteen years I have been treating babies and children, I have had Mums bring their little ones to me over and over for the above reasons and have experienced it in my own little girl. Time and time again there have been areas of tightness or irritation in their bodies, which, once treated , have led to a happier, calmer bub or toddler, and improved sleep. As an adult, you can understand if you are in pain or discomfort, or simply 'don't feel right' and are able to explain this clearly to others. Babies and children cannot do that, so we need to follow their cues and, as parents trust our instincts that they may need a little extra help.


Don't struggle, trust your gut and get them checked. If you're unsure, CALL me for a chat on 9907 8919.


Are you having problems with breastfeeding?

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Did you know, that Osteopathy can help correct poor milk supply or inefficient let down of milk? Osteopathy can also assist with helping your baby latch on and the treatment of mastitis.

Lactation consultants and midwives are ideally placed to show you how to position yourself and the baby, but what if there is something making it difficult for you or your baby to achieve this ideal? Osteopathy can help.

The milk let down reflex in new mothers is impaired or affected during periods of stress or fatigue. The part of your nervous system that deals with stress is located in the part of the spine between your shoulder blades, so gentle osteopathic treatment to release the joints and reset the nerve signals involved not only make your back and shoulders more comfortable, but often quite dramatically improve your let down.

With gentle and simple techniques to improve lymphatic drainage from the breast, Osteopathy can also assist with the treatment of mastitis.

If you baby  is struggling to latch or having suckling problems there may well be tension in one side of their neck or in their jaw. Very gentle and SAFE cranial osteopathic treatment releases and rebalances the neck and jaw so they work more efficiently. So don’t despair:

Call us NOW on (02) 9907 8919.

For more information, visit or contact now for appointment. North Shore Osteopaths also offers home visits for new mothers.

Helping Hands for Mothers – before and after birth

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Very often pregnant mothers are told that muscular pains are part of pregnancy and will go away with birth. However North Shore Osteopath’s Sharon Franklin, whose focus is on pre-natal, paediatric and cranial osteopathy says that help is at hand and it should not be ignored. If left untreated, it may increase the chances of a more difficult labour, which in turn, may increase the chances of having an unsettled baby.

Babies experience enormous pressure as they are pushed through the birth canal. At this stage the baby’s head is still very pliable. The soft bones overlap to accommodate this pressure but sometimes nerves and tissues can be affected depending on how difficult the process is. Everything is meant to spring back to normal but sometimes this does not happen and problems can occur. Most problems occur with long and difficult births, especially if the baby is breach or posterior, or if forceps or suction caps are used.

Osteopathic treatment during your pregnancy can make life easier for you and your baby. It not only relieves back and pelvic pain, sciatica, headaches and heartburn, but can maximise the available space for your baby. This makes Mum more comfortable and minimises pressure on the growing baby. The treatment ensures the spine and pelvis are as balanced and relaxed as possible. This means the mothers’ pelvis can adapt more easily to the birth process, making labour less traumatic for both mother and baby.

However sometimes difficult births cannot be avoided, so what do you do with a restless baby?

Unresolved birth strains may lead to a baby being unsettled and fractious, as well as leaving them vulnerable to musculo-skeletal problems such as back-ache and headaches as they grow.

Cranial Osteopaths have a highly developed sense of touch and are experts at releasing strain and tension in the body and restoring the proper balance to skeleton, circulatory and nervous systems. They follow the same traditional methods of osteopathy but place a special emphasis on the head. They use extremely gentle manual techniques to resolve these strains. It is non invasive and babies hardly notice a thing – most babies are relaxed and contented during treatment and can even be treated whilst feeding. It has great success with treating common problems with newborns such as colic, reflux and constipation.

Treatment can also assist with breast feeding problems which occur when pressure has caused the baby’s head to twist more on one side or palate or tongue position has been affected during birth.

Sharon Franklin who has had over 14 years of experience in Osteopathy, now has her own child and understands the importance of a happy and contented baby. .

Sharon was able to assist a new mother recently with breast feeding problems due to slow milk. One treatment of gentle spinal adjustments and muscle work resulted in a significant increase in milk flow. The mother was thrilled, as it meant she could continue with breast feeding, and not be concerned about her baby’s weight gain anymore.

For more information on how Osteopathy can help you or your family, visit or contact us on 9907 8919 for a consultation.

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