A pregnant woman sees her body undergo multiple transformations: the digestive organs are pushed up with the increased volume of the uterus, the bladder is compressed, and the pelvis changes significantly, there is an increase supply of blood and lymph and many hormonal changes. Therefore women often experience lower and upper back pain, heartburn, rib pain and breathing issues, edema and swelling.
The osteopathic treatment helps the body by making the necessary adjustments.
And remember that relaxed muscles and a free pelvis will be the basis for an easy delivery.
One particular condition that the osteopathic manual practitioner can help you with is pelvic girdle pain or PGP. In fact about 45% of all pregnant women suffer from PGP.
The pelvis is a big bone of the skeleton and contains three joints: the pubic symphysis, and two sacroiliac joints.
Postural changes associated with the growth of the foetus and the instability of the pelvic joints under the influence of pregnancy hormones provoke changes in the centre of gravity and various degrees of pain or discomfort. This is what we call PGP.
PGP can start in the first trimester of pregnancy. A pregnant woman can experience pain low down over the symphysis, which can be extremely tender to the touch. Pain may also be felt in the hips, groin and lower abdomen.
If in most of the cases, PGP resolves in weeks after delivery, but some women can suffer for years. Some studies suggest that the average time for complete recovery is up to 6 years.
With his knowledge of anatomy and his techniques the osteopathic manual practitioner can work on the various ligaments and muscles involved in the balance of the pelvis and reduce PGP.