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    How can an osteopath assist during pregnancy?

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  • Dr Gary Sykes


    Dr Gary Sykes is a graduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B, B.S.) from Sydney University. He commenced his initial postgraduate training at … View Profile

    Writing as an obstetrician the answer is definitely yes
    While pregnancy is a wonderful time it can take its toll on the female body.
    A pregnant woman is ‘carrying” considerable extra size and weight especially as the pregnancy advances. In advanced pregnancy the baby presses on her lower back and pelvis which can result in significant pain. Her centre of gravity changes, hormones relax joints, etc, etc. All these factors can result in significant discomfort that an osteopath is trained to deal with.
    If there is a pre-pregnancy musculo-skeletal problem then it is likely it will recur or get worst in pregnancy.
    Often there needs not be a series of osteopath visits until after baby is delivered

  • Spring is an osteopathic clinic and we treat people through all stages of life including children, teenagers with study strains, athletes, new mums, tradesmen, desk … View Profile

    Osteopathy can definitely help during pregnancy. Many women suffer back pain throughout pregnancy as a result of the growing baby and the associated changes to the body.

    As the baby grows the mother's centre of gravity shifts, placing extra pressure on many joints, including the spine, hips and pelvis. There is also an influx of hormones released that actually help relax ligamentous structures to allow the sacroiliac joint to widen, thus allowing the baby to be delivered.

    Osteopathy can be beneficial in helping the body adjust with the many postural changes that occur. All of which, can lead to the development of pain. As osteopaths it is our to job to give the body tools to help manage these changes and provide symptomatic relief.

    Give me a call at Spring Osteo Clinic on 9830 7044 if you wish to discuss this further

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