Osteopathy and acupuncture for pregnancy are both gentle ways to help your body cope with the biochemical and mechanical changes during and after pregnancy. As your body changes, your gait and posture has to adapt and for some pain can be experienced.
Osteopathic treatment for pregnancy involves safe and gentle structural and cranial osteopathic techniques that can help remove the tension and pressure build up throughout the body in order to make pregnancy more comfortable and optimise the space for the growing baby.
Common problems helped by osteopathy: neck pain, pubis symphysis pain, upper & lower back pain, pelvic pain, tension, joint pain, coccyx pain, difficulty breathing, rib pain & tension, and water retention.
Studies have shown classical acupuncture to be helpful for stress, morning sickness, hip and low back pain, breech position, mild to moderate depression, and help with sleep, labor induction, and shortening the length of labor.
In the fertility domain, research has been conducted into the application of acupuncture in the following areas, beneficial for conception: regulating the menstrual cycle, counteracting stress levels, improving blood circulation to the pelvic organs, including the ovaries and uterus, supporting ovulation in some women and contributing to improved sperm health in men.
We also recommend a course of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) for a ‘detox’ before conception. If you enjoy the treatment, MLD is gentle, relaxing and safe to continue throughout pregnancy, and can help keep swelling at bay.