Pregnancy is a wonderful life changing event, exciting but tinged with anxiety, but mostly it is a natural process and entirely normal. However, every pregnant woman will realise, that changes are occurring, subtle and not so subtle, in her body. Alteration in hormones, changes in posture, unusual sensations, change in physiology, fatigue and sensitized emotions can and do often occur. The challenges are even more profound if you have had difficulty conceiving, had a previous miscarriage, undergone assisted conception or even if it’s just your first pregnancy. Anxiety levels are raised, breathing patterns change and commonly women develop symptoms and want answers. Pain at some stage in pregnancy is very common, particularly lower back, pelvic and ribcage pain. Thankfully, the majority of time, the cause is a benign process and sometimes self-limiting. If it is not then you need to seek help.
Understandably there is a limit to the type of diagnostic investigations that are used in pregnancy and of course limited treatment. Pharmaceuticals are mostly contraindicated but luckily interventions such as Osteopathy have an enviably safety record and many conditions improve with gentle Osteopathic intervention.
Obstetricians are increasingly referring expectant mothers to experienced Osteopaths for diagnosis and treatment intervention, with excellent outcomes. Often explaining the cause of the problem and offering a solution will make a great difference to the problem the expectant mother is experiencing. There is some research to show that regular Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy leads to less complications during the birth process.
Expectant Mothers make up about 20% of our general practice at The Health Equation, most referred by some of London’s most experienced Obstetricians.
“I was treated by Gerry during a difficult third pregnancy where I was suffering with acute lower back pain. He helped me enormously, not only with my back, but also with his extensive knowledge of the respiratory system he taught me breathing techniques which I found incredibly useful and of benefit during pregnancy and afterwards. I could not recommend Gerry’s treatments more whole heartedly.”
Ali Black, London