Osteopathy and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very special time for an expecting mother and her unborn child. During pregnancy your body will undergo major changes in a relatively short period of time. In order to adapt to changes in size and weight, your body releases a hormone called relaxin. This allows the ligaments throughout your body to soften and stretch, helping your posture to adapt as your baby grows.

If your body adapts well to this increase in size and weight, you will generally experience minimal pain and discomfort. If your body has trouble accommodating these changes, undue strain can be placed on your spine, neck and shoulders causing pain and discomfort.

How can osteopathic treatment help during pregnancy?

Our osteopaths will help support these postural changes by identifying regions in your body that are either not moving or moving too much. We use a variety of gentle techniques to improve mobility, relieve stress in muscles, tendons and ligaments, giving your body more space to adapt throughout your pregnancy.

All our osteopaths have experience in treating the following conditions:

  • Lower back pain

  • Sciatica (pain down the legs)

  • Sacroiliac pain

  • Pelvic girdle and pubic symphysis pain

  • Rib pain

  • Shoulder and upper back pain

  • Headaches

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Previous injuries can limit your body’s ability to adapt, therefore predisposing you to aches and pains during pregnancy. During treatment it is often necessary to release chronic stress and strain from past injuries and trauma, particularly in your pelvis and lower back. This will not only help relieve the presenting symptom, but will also reduce the chance of a recurrence by giving your body more space to adapt throughout the rest of your pregnancy.

How can osteopathy help post-labour?

Although labour is a natural process, it is physically demanding and can place great strain on the mother’s body. The position of the pelvis and sacrum is easily altered during childbirth because the ligaments of the pelvis are in such a relaxed state. This can not only create local and short-term discomfort in your lower back and pelvis, but it can also have long-term implications as the rest of your body compensates for the imbalance.

It is common for new mums to experience the following pains post-partum:

  • Lower back and pelvis

  • Pelvic girdle and pubic symphysis pain

  • Mid back pain during and after breastfeeding

  • Neck pain and headaches

  • Wrist pain

Osteopathic treatment post birth can help resolve any strains present, relieving pain and discomfort and helping to prevent any long-term issues.

Our osteopaths can also help with rehabilitation of your pelvic floor, core stability muscles and diastasis recti.

Dr Kathryn Johns, Dr Elizabeth Johns, Dr Chloe O’Brien and Dr Nicole Cukierman all have a passion for treating and supporting women through their pregnancy. We have a great understanding of the anatomy and biomechanics of the continuously changing pregnant body. This knowledge and understanding allows us to compassionately and safely treat and support you through all stages of your pregnancy.

Dr Kathryn Johns and Dr Elizabeth Johns have worked alongside acupuncturists, midwives, naturopaths and homeopaths for many years in the areas of fertility and pre- and post-natal care.

Dr Elizabeth Johns has also completed prenatal yoga teacher training and Dr Kathryn Johns has completed pre- and post-natal Pilates training.

If you would like further information please call (03) 9042 0407 to speak to one of our osteopaths.