Maternity Clinic times
First appointment: 1hr 20mins / Continuing appointments: 40mins
Our specialist Maternity Clinic offers reduced price osteopathic care for women throughout their pregnancy, as well as up to a year after the birth of their baby – please present your maternity exemption card as proof on each appointment. All concessionary rates are valid for daytime appointments only – see our Clinic Prices page for more information.
Osteopathic Support During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a unique and demanding experience for every woman; her body changes rapidly and must adapt to hormonal, postural and circulatory changes. Some women find that this adaptation is not as easy as it should be. Changes during pregnancy include the softening of ligaments, weight increase and changes to posture, which can lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of the body, including the spine or pelvis. Some women may also experience some digestion problems.
Osteopathic treatment is gentle and aims to help the body adapt to the changes more readily. Treatment is usually very relaxing and enjoyable.
Preparation for Birth
We assess all the areas of the body that need to function well for labour and birth to happen uninterruptedly. If a woman’s spine and pelvis are mobile and all relevant muscles relaxed, then the birth process can be better facilitated. Treatment aims to prepare the body for the labour process. We can also advise on exercise and stretching techniques where appropriate and strategies and postures to help cope with labour pains.
We aim to treat mothers and babies together in our Children’s clinic. Understanding how each individual birth process took place helps us devise a personalised treatment plan for both and we can also provide postural advice related to breastfeeding.
Osteopathy may help relieve the stresses and strains put on the mother’s body, during pregnancy and after the birth. Balancing tensions in the body can aid relaxation, helping the mum enjoy her new baby and at this very special time in their lives.
Contact our experts to learn what osteopathy can do for you.