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As your baby grows your body adapts - your centre of gravity moves forward, your spinal curves change, ligaments soften and different areas of the body experience tension and restriction.

Osteopathy

Osteopathic treatment helps the body to adapt to the changing dynamics that develop during pregnancy (usually, but not limited to the second and third trimesters).

During pregnancy you may experience a range of issues, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Pain around the pubic symphysis and lower abdominal pain due to the additional pressure in the pelvis
  • Circulation issues such as swelling of the legs due to increased abdominal pressure
  • Headaches
  • Rib and mid-back pain with, or without, breathing difficulties

Treatment is different for every patient, but may include techniques such as soft tissue massage, mobilisations, cranial techniques and dry needling.

Your Osteopath will:

  • Help ease the aches and pains of pregnancy
  • Give you exercises, stretches or breathing techniques to help you maintain your wellbeing
  • Assist you in preparing for childbirth by helping with fetal positioning and movement in the pelvis

Massage

Pregnancy is the ultimate body stress test; your body changes dramatically over a relatively short time frame. Pregnancy massage will:

  • Help ease backache, muscle aches and pains
  • Decrease swelling in ankles, legs and hands
  • Reduce the fatigue, stress and anxiety that you may be feeling

Exercise

Antenatal yoga (gentle yoga) and low impact exercise during pregnancy can be fantastic aids to your wellbeing - it’s good to keep moving as much as you can! Benefits include:

  • Maintaining strength
  • Increasing confidence
  • Aiding recovery post birth
  • Preventing pain
  • Reducing stress

Reproflexology

Reproflexology is reflexology used during the pre-conceptual care phase. Based on many years of Barbara Scott’s research, it is unique in its approach by working with men and women to help improve chances of conception.  At the initial consultation your information will be sensitively collected to help devise the treatment plan. This will include looking at your health history and lifestyle factors to optimise chances of conception.
  • Correct hormone imbalances
  • Improve physical conditions
  • Manage stress levels
  • Balance cycle irregularities