Mums & Babies
During pregnancy enormous physical, hormonal and emotional changes take place over a relatively short period of time. The body has to adapt to carrying up to an additional 20kg of baby, waters and placenta. This can impose physical strain on all the organs and tissues of the body.
Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy is safe and can assist to easing some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy, prepare the body for the demands of labour and help the mother to recover after birth.
Trauma to the pelvic bones, coccyx or sacrum at any time in a mother’s life can leave increased tension in muscles and strain within the ligaments and bones of the pelvis. This can limit the ability of these bones to separate and move out of the way during labour, and thus limit the size of the pelvic outlet. Osteopathic treatment is extremely effective at releasing old strains within the pelvis, thus giving the best chance of an easy and uncomplicated labour.
The mother’s pelvis is vulnerable to lasting strains from the forces involved in labour, particularly after a difficult delivery. During childbirth the mother’s pelvis can become distorted to allow the baby’s head to descend. In many cases this distortion corrects itself, but if severe it can remain for many years and disrupt spinal and pelvic mechanics. Unresolved childbirth stresses in the mother can contribute to ongoing back problems, period problems, stress incontinence, constipation, headache and more.
Cranial Osteopathy for babies is a gentle and non-invasive technique whereby the osteopath aids the body’s natural self-correcting mechanism to relieve trauma that may have occurred during birth.
Birth is one of the most stressful events of our lives. The movement of the baby through the cervix in labour obliges the head to move in several specific directions whilst undergoing the powerful pressure of the contractions, this naturally causes some overlapping of the skull and compression. Some compressions may be relieved spontaneously after birth as the baby cries or suckles; however this un-moulding process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. Babies who have experienced forceps delivery, a long labour or caesarean birth often require the attention of a cranial osteopath.
Many midwives are now recommending new mothers to bring their babies for an osteopathic check-up shortly after the birth to prevent the appearance of problems cranial compressions can cause the baby, including discomfort whilst lying on his/her back, excess mucous production, Flat or Odd Shaped Head, Suckling/Feeding difficulties.
The secondary effects of unresolved cranial compressions are wide ranging and can lead to colic or excessive crying, regurgitation, sinus problems, sleep disturbances, suckling or feeding difficulties, unsettled restless babies.
Babies and children are incredibly responsive to Cranial Technique because their cranial bones have not or are newly fused and the gentleness of Cranial Treatments do not shock or stress the child.