Osteopathy for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time when women are more than ever aware of the workings of their body. It leads to the largest postural change that a woman’s body will undergo. For many years, osteopaths have used their skills to help, using a variety of gentle techniques to ease supporting muscles and ligaments and to relieve the aches and pains caused by weight and posture changes during and after pregnancy.

For a lot of women pregnancy means having to cope with a whole range of symptoms from back pain to morning sickness. As the baby grows in the uterus the weight gain results in a changed centre of gravity and posture changes from week to week. This can cause a variety of aches and pains. As breast size increases it can also lead to strain and pain can occur in the upper back and neck.

Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy is a wonderfully gentle way of helping the body adapt to the changes which are taking place. The safety of mother and baby is our first concern. Advice from your osteopath can help you to change your posture and teach how to use your body correctly through pregnancy. Osteopaths can also help to ease other side effects of pregnancy such as heartburn, indigestion, pubic symphysis problems (PSD), pain and discomfort in the buttock, groin or leg (commonly called sciatica). Some patients, too, report reduced morning sickness after osteopathic treatment.

Relief from…

  • Low back and leg pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Discomfort around the thorax and ribs
  • Wrist pain and foot/ankle problems
  • Post natal problems of the pelvis, low back and hips

We can also…

  • Provide advice on breathing techniques, stretches and exercises you can do to maintain your health and wellbeing throughout your pregnancy
  • Help prepare ‘the way’ for a more trouble free childbirth, by improving flexibility in the pelvis and abdomen
  • Help the mother to recover after birth

Every pregnancy is ‘special’. Osteopaths focus on the mother as a person and take into account her emotional state and other factors as well as her physical condition. Treatment may be supplemented by exercises and other forms of self help which the osteopath may suggest for the mother to do at home.
Sykes and Associates have developed a range of gentle, pregnancy-specific exercises and activities to help with your fitness and wellbeing during your ante-natal period. Our pregnancy-safe exercises, 5 minutes a day routine, are designed to fit with your busy life as you are preparing for motherhood.
We can also advise on positions before and during labour to help prevent back problems later. Pain relief techniques can also be shown to the mother and her partner or friend so that they can help during labour.



Should I see my osteopath after I had my baby?

Many of our new mums enjoy post-natal visits. They can show off their new baby and at the same time have a check up. We will check how your body is settling down after the delivery and discuss how to ensure that it returns back to shape quickly.

What is new in post-pregnancy care at Sykes and Associates Osteopaths?

The post natal period is a very busy time for new mothers. It is only natural that new mums tend to focus on their new baby first, but sadly sometimes do not give the attention they need and deserve to themselves.

Inspired by eastern cultures and using our knowledge – we have developed a specialist post natal massage which we offer to all new mums. It is therapeutic and relaxing, designed to ensure your wellbeing and fitness so you can enjoy your motherhood to the full.


Osteopathy for Children

Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages, and this naturally includes children and teens.

Osteopathy provides safe and effective treatment for your child and it can help with a number of problems. Significant change in the body of a child can be achieved using gentle osteopathic techniques.

We are frequently asked what do our osteopaths treat, and the proper answer is patients. Osteopathy concentrates on wellbeing as a whole, so patients do not need to show any specific condition to benefit from our treatments.

However, our osteopaths,have helped children and youths who have problems with gait, chondromalacia patellae, juvenile arthritis, issues associated with posture and sporting activities.