Osteopathic guide to pregnancy pains

During pregnancy, the body undergoes many natural transformations, and while some of these are noticeable, subtle hormonal and biomechanical changes can cause significant physical discomfort.

Musculoskeletal alterations, ligament softening and increased muscle tension can have adverse effects on the body that result in a myriad of common complaints leading to pregnancy pains.

The most common complaints during pregnancy are:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Hip and Groin pain
  • Sciatic pain
  • Upper back, shoulder and neck pain
  • Rib cage pain and shortness of breath
  • Swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Carpel Tunnel: tingling in the hands

What causes pregnancy pains?
The changes to the postural framework and balance of the body that occur during pregnancy cause physical stresses that can result in pain but also emotional stress that impedes the wellbeing of the individual. Osteopathy aims to engender a sense of calm and wellbeing which produces positive psychological effects on patient and baby, leading to a more relaxed state throughout pregnancy.

How Farah can help pregnant patients in Solihull, Knowle, Coventry, Kenilworth, Warwick, Dorridge and Balsall Common
The main priority of osteopathy is to reduce pregnancy pains which they can achieve through several methods:

  • Massaging, targeted stretching and low to moderate joint articulation to increase and free up motion in the affected and painful areas.
  • In cases of hyper-mobility, where joints are too flexible, taping and remedial exercises can provide lasting relief.

Osteopathic treatments during pregnancy endeavour to reduce pain and realign the body to aid the developing infant as the pregnancy advances. Farah has been providing Osteopathic care for pregnant women and new mothers for many years now and supports them through the physical adaptation of their body during a time of great change.

What to expect from an osteopath in Solihull, Knowle, Coventry, Kenilworth, Warwick, Dorridge and Balsall Common?
If you are experiencing pain during pregnancy, you needn’t go without support and help. During your consultation Farah will begin withtaking an extensive case history and obstetric case history to make sure you are suitable for treatment. Then following this she will do a thorough physical examination, followed by diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan for your individual needs. Treatment focuses onĀ  both your physical and mental wellbeing to ensure the body adapts well for both mother and baby.

Amrit’s testimonial giving an example of how Farah helped her during and after her pregnancy:

I started seeing Farah during my pregnancy due to quite severe SPD and she worked miracles on me with her treatments, allowing me to have a more manageable pregnancy. Without her help, I would have ended up on crutches. I have continued to see Farah post my pregnancy and have seen a massive difference in my body due to her treatments. I can even go as far as saying, that apart from the occasional flareup, I am relatively pain free! Farah is a lovely and warm person and will always answer any questions you have! 

Amrit Kandola

Farah Khan features on the Pelvic Partnership’s Recommended Practitioner list in recognition of her successful treatment of pelvic girdle pain.