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Osteopath Viv Keohane Explains the Benefit of Osteopathy for Expectant and Postpartum Mothers

Wednesday 11th October 2017

The most common reason expectant mothers visit osteopaths is for the treatment of lower back pain.  However, other reasons include carpal tunnel syndrome, sacroiliac joint pain, sciatic-type pain, mid back pain and gastrointestinal issues.  Osteopathy is a gentle, effective way to treat the aches and pains experienced during pregnancy.  We can also help provide relief from more specific problems such as pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) or pubic symphysis pain (PSP).  Osteopaths use a range of techniques to address imbalances in the muscles, ligaments and joints.  Osteopaths can also give you advice about posture and exercises that may help reduce discomfort.  Osteopathic treatment is safe during all stages of pregnancy.

We aim to ensure your pregnancy is comfortable and enjoyable and previous research has suggested that pregnant patients who received osteopathic treatment experienced improved outcomes in labour and delivery compared to those who did not have osteopathy.  Postpartum osteopathic treatment can help manage the strains put through the upper and mid back during feeding and carrying of baby

We also provide checks for newborn babies and address any imbalances or strains that may have occurred during delivery.  This is particularly advisable for those mothers and babies who had complicated, assisted or long deliveries.  Cranial techniques are used to treat babies and children which are safe and gentle for all ages.

Viv will be available at the Open Evening to answer any questions you may have about osteopathy in general and whether or not treatment is suitable for you.