Do you suffer with pregnancy-related discomfort that you just don’t know how to manage?
Have you been struggling to get comfortable since baby’s arrival?
Have a niggling pain in your back or pelvis?
Or is baby really unsettled?
Then read on as osteopathy CAN help and it can be used during and after pregnancy and on newborns too!
Osteopathic care contains over 100 different techniques or procedures which is why it can be used in the treatment of so many different issues, including pregnancy, postnatal discomfort and very gentle cranial techniques for babies.
These include manipulation techniques, soft tissue and massage techniques, manoeuvres to help increase the range of movement, muscle energy techniques, counter-strain and myofascial release techniques to name a few. The wide range of techniques mean that a wide range of symptoms are treated.
Osteopathy and Lower Back Pain
There has been research into the treatment of low back pain and pregnancy (Licciardone at al 2009) which found that osteopathic treatment either slowed or halted the deterioration of back-specific functioning (and pain) during the third trimester of pregnancy.
Studies have also found that osteopathic procedures appeared to be effective and safe for pelvic and spinal lower back pain management in pregnancy; a 2013 study concluded that four osteopathic treatments over a period of eight weeks led to statistically significant and clinically relevant positive changes of pain intensity and frequency in pregnant women suffering from low back (Gundermann, 2013) and a 2012 study also showed that this was the same outcome with low back pain after birth and in the postnatal period (Schwerla et al 2012); osteopathy for women with persistent, unspecific backache after birth brought about a clinically relevant improvement of the pain symptoms and a reduction of impediment on daily life (Franke et al 2014).
Osteopathy and Infantile Colic
A cranial osteopathy study shared that: “Infantile colic is a distressing problem, characterised by excessive crying of your baby, especially within the first 16 weeks of your little one’s life. The symptoms generally disappear by the age of five or six months but can cause huge disruption and distress to parents, family life and of course the baby affected.” Some studies suggest that there are much longer-lasting effects on the child and estimates in 2001 put the cost to the UK NHS at over £65 million.
It has been suggested that gentle, manipulative techniques, such as cranial osteopathy, might safely reduce the symptoms associated with infantile colic, specifically excessive crying time.
Six randomised trials suggested that crying is reduced by treatment with manipulative therapies, namely cranial osteopathy. Gentle and calming.
We Know It’s Amazing!
Here at Nurture 4 Life we know how effective Osteopathy is, as do our many clients and it’s heartening to see that the scientific world is now putting together research groups that indicate the same. Although advertising standards mean that we can’t shout about it as we would like, it doesn’t stop our clients:
“My osteopathy treatments at Nurture 4 Life were the only thing which kept me mobile during a very difficult pregnancy! It really helped with my back issues and correcting my core stability after birth. There is a relaxed atmosphere, close focus on wellbeing, personally tailored treatment and excellent service.”
“Osteopathy kept me on my feet when I was pregnant and helped me feel relaxed and calm when I was struggling at the end of my pregnancy. Nurture 4 Life is the best place for treatments I have ever come across. Personal and caring goes a long way and it never feels like therapists just following steps. Everything is individually tailored. Perfect, Wonderful and Genuine”