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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


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