Pregnancy and New Baby
During pregnancy the body undergoes many physical changes to support the growing baby. These can cause varying levels of discomfort from joint swelling and mild aches and pains to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and sacroiliac pain. Pain during pregnancy is common but is largely preventable and Osteopathy can help support expectant mothers through these changes providing safe and effective relief from symptoms.
The birth process can create a number of physical stresses and strains for both new mothers and babies alike. Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is particularly effective for treating babies and small children where birth strains caused by the use of forceps or ventouse, or a very long or fast labour can result in a fractious baby.
Midwives, health visitors and the NCT often recommend cranial osteopathy as it has been found to help with feeding problems, moulding (flat heads), colicky symptoms, wind, reflux and constipation. During the birth process the infant can experience some compression at the base of the skull which can result in neck stiffness leading to difficulties turning the head and therefore latching on and feeding. The osteopath will use gentle techniques to release these compressions and strains that limit the movement of the neck. Neck stiffness can also lead to a baby holding their head to one side when sleeping which over time can result in a flattening of the head of one side (plagiocephaly).The nerve to the stomach and the diaphragm also passes through the base of the skull and is also sensitive to compressions in this area resulting in digestive problems. If you would like more information or would like to discuss your particular situation then please feel call.
Mother and baby post natal check-ups are available to help ease the stresses and strains of pregnancy and childbirth.