Cranial Osteopathy: Conditions Treated
During the antenatal phase the gentle manual osteopathic and cranial osteopathic procedures support the pregnant mother by enabling her body to accommodate the changes of pregnancy without undue stress and strain. Osteopathy and cranial osteopathy can both be beneficial before, during and after pregnancy by easing the postural changes that give physical discomfort in pregnancy, by helping with emotional changes of pregnancy and assist in the preparation for labour. Cranial osteopathy can also ease the physical strains of giving birth and aid recovery.
Giving birth is a most natural process but giving birth can be physically demanding and sometimes traumatic for both mother and baby. During birth the pelvic ligaments stretch to allow the parts of the pelvis to separate. After birth, these ligaments tighten and return to normal length, and any distortions may remain, disturbing the normal function of the pelvis and spine. Again these irregularities in the body respond well to cranial osteopathy and conventional osteopathic treatments.
The osteopathic and cranial osteopathy treatment at our Islington clinic aims to help the new mother's posture to return to normal by realigning the pelvis and spine, which also helps the uterus and bladder to realign within the pelvis, and improves pelvic floor function. Unresolved delivery stresses can place undue strain on the body resulting in aches or pain in the back, neck, shoulders, and strain on pelvic organs and these again respond well to osteopathy.
New life habits can further burden a body that is still undergoing hormonal and physical changes. Repeated bending to change nappies, poor feeding positions, lifting baby into car seats, or carrying baby on the hip increases the vulnerability of your body at this time.
Osteopaths recommend that all mothers have a postnatal osteopathic check-up following childbirth. Rebalancing the pelvis after childbirth is very straightforward when treated in the first few weeks, and can prevent many problems later on.