Symptoms and Conditions
There are a number of symptoms that can occur during pregnancy
- Symphysis pubis dysfunction
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Swollen ankles
- Hip and knee pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
What could be behind my pain?
Everyone understands that you ‘grow a bump’ throughout pregnancy, but few people realise that actually every part of the body has to adapt. The changes your body makes to accommodate a growing baby include:
- Exaggerated spinal curves
- Larger breasts (putting a strain through the mid back)
- Softening of the ligaments in the body (especially in the pelvis)
- Changing neck angle
- Softening of the arches of the feet
- Adaptations in the way that you move (which of course pretty much involves everything!)
- Hormonal changes mean that the tissues of your body act a little differently too, this affects lots of things, such as energy levels and fluid retention.
Many of the pains and problems in pregnancy develop from this widespread adaptation of your body. Lower back pain alone is estimated to affect between 50 and 82% of pregnant women.
Don’t just put up with pregnancy pains
We often hear that patients have been told that pregnancy pains are just “part and parcel of being pregnant” and to grin and bear it. At Swansea Body Kinetics, we disagree! A lot of these can be relieved through osteopathic treatment, so don’t suffer needlessly!
We are passionate about helping expectant mothers and like to help increase awareness around pregnancy aches and pains and what can be done about them. If you would like to inform yourself more feel free to come along to one of our pregnancy workshops ran in Urban Zen by Rosie and Kirsten.
How Osteopathy can help
Osteopathic treatment is specific to you as an individual. It aims to deal with the origin of your pain rather than just covering up the symptoms.
After an initial consultation to determine the root cause of your problem, we use a variety of techniques that aim to resolve the initial cause and to tackle any other factors that may be causing your symptoms.
What is involved
Treatment involves manipulation, massage and articulation (gentle movement) of the joints to release restrictions, to decrease excessive muscular tightness or spasm and to encourage good movement and function of the joints involved. This promotes the healing and health of the problematic area by ensuring adequate blood supply, drainage and movement.
An initial consultation is up to an hour and twenty minutes – shorter if the condition is not too complicated. Treatment sessions are 30 – 40 minutes per session.
The average number of treatments with an osteopath is between 3-5, however it does very much depend upon the person and the problem they have. For example if you have to keep doing something in work that sets off your issue, you may need more sessions.
Don’t just put up with pain…
We often hear that patients have been told that pregnancy pains, such as pelvic girdle pain and low back pain, are ‘just part and parcel of being pregnant’ and to ‘grin and bear it’. The good news is that a lot of these can be relieved through osteopathic treatment, so don’t suffer needlessly!
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Having suffered with Pelvic Girdle Pain in her first pregnancy (so severe that she was on crutches), my wife was recommended to see Rosie. What a difference! With regular treatment my wife was able to manage the pain and be a lot more mobile right up until the birth. Rosie has a genuine enthusiasm for treating pregnancy related problems and really has made all the difference to this pregnancy. We can’t recommend her enough!Owen Price
My back is feeling loads better, in fact I haven’t really had any pain since I saw you last week!
Rosie has been amazing throughout my pregnancy dealing with any niggles and body changes as they develop and quickly putting a stop to them – can’t recommend enough.Anon
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