Our osteopaths treat pregnant patients, who suffer from pelvic or lower back pain. By applying physiology and anatomy to a body influx of the following: Major weight increase, altered spinal curves and unique hormonal make up. These put a huge stress on the body. The inability to cope with these changes is often the cause of sacroiliac strains and pubic symphystic diastasis.
Unlike regular back pain, pregnant women have the extra consideration of an enlarged uterus, whose strong uterosacral and round ligaments attach onto the sacrum and pubis, putting extra stress through these structures. Combined with the production of a hormone relaxin in preparation for the birth, the pelvis ironically has to increase its weight-bearing capabilities, whilst accommodating for softer supportive ligaments. This makes the pelvic girdle a more relaxed, vulnerable piece of architecture during pregnancy.
Orthodox medicine classifies mechanical back and pelvic pain during pregnancy, into categories according to the location of symptoms:
Lower Back Pain due to either Joint or Disc Dysfunction
Sacroiliac Dysfunction either Unilaterally or Bilaterally
Pubic Symphystic pain
pain in all 3 pelvic joints.
From an osteopathic perspective all these conditions are variations on a theme, that they are all the result of poor accommodation to the increased physical demands, put on the body during pregnancy. Symptoms are likely to occur at the weakest most vulnerable joint in the kinetic chain. The job of the osteopath is to assess the patient and make a structural osteopathic analysis or “diagnosis”, to determine why the body is not adapting well to the changes. Furthermore, the osteopath must decide which structures are central to treatment, in order for the body to adjust adequately and compensate during the transition.
Osteopathy does not encourage a protocol treatment and needless to say the osteopath should routinely check and treat each joint in the body. However, there are central structures that require extra attention. The sacrum, hips and perineum are the closest associated structures to the joints of the pelvis and they are expected to accommodate. Any excess tightness in any of these joints reduces their ability to absorb forces and strains the sacroiliac and pelvic joints.
Our osteopaths have a coordinated treatment approach directed at the hips, sacroiliac joints, spinal curves, lumber and abdominal muscles and uterine ligaments, in order to treat you affectively
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