Here at the Nina Torina® Clinics I use a combination of naturopathic and osteopathic principles in the area of pre-conceptual care, see the Naturopathic Medicine area of our site.
Pregnancy is probably one of the most exciting and special times in a woman’s life! My focus is on the mother, taking into account her emotional state and other factors, as well as her physical condition.
What Happens To A Woman’s Body During Pregnancy?
As the baby grows in the womb, its extra weight results in a changed centre of gravity and postural changes from week to week; pregnancy puts a significant strain on the whole spine and this can lead to a variety of aches and pains as supporting muscles and ligaments begin to adapt. In addition to this, a woman’s body is also affected by her changing hormones, causing breast size and weight to increase, which can lead to postural changes and pain occurring in the upper back and neck. For many women, pregnancy means having to cope with a whole range of symptoms, as their weight and posture changes to adapt to the growing baby.
During pregnancy, we can help give you relief from:
Osteopathic treatment through pregnancy is a wonderfully, gentle way of helping the body adapt to the largest postural change that a woman’s body will undergo. The safety of mother and baby is our first concern. After a thorough assessment, osteopathic treatment using a variety of gentle techniques, especially cranial osteopathy are used to help the body and mind adjust to these amazing changes!
Treatment may be supplemented by exercises and other forms of self help may be prescribed for the mother to do at home. We will give you advice on how to help you adapt to your posture and learn to use your body correctly throughout your pregnancy.
We can advise on positions in labour, to help prevent back problems later and pain relief techniques can also be shown to the mother and her partner so that they can help during labour.
After delivery it is advised that mum and baby return for structural examination, advice and check ups, as a therapeutic treatment can be very valuable and extremely relaxing, helping you both to adjust to your new life together!