Osteopathy during pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most significant times of physical change in a woman’s body. These changes happen in a relatively short period of time often resulting in extra stress on the muscles and joints.
 
The Osteopaths at Health and Balance will support you through your pregnancy providing gentle and safe treatment allowing your body to adapt to the demands and physical changes during this time.
 
We will guide you on appropriate exercises or specific stretching to compliment the treatment we are providing.
 
Pregnant women may consult an Osteopath for the following reasons
 
– ensure their body adjusts well to the physical changes of pregnancy
– reduce the effects of extra strain, weight and pressure on the joints of the spine and lower limb
– relief from lower back pain, middle back pain, upper back pain and neck pain
– relief from sciatica
– reduce effects of swelling that can often result in carpal tunnel syndrome
– manage pelvic instability and pelvic girdle pain
– closer to labour ensuring optimal foetal position to assist in ease of labour
 
Reducing the physical strain on the body allows precious energy to go into growing a healthy bub and enjoying a comfortable pregnancy.
 
We work closely with your prenatal health professionals providing a consistent team care arrangement having good relationships with midwifes and obstetricians of Mercy hospital in Heidelberg along with other leading maternity hospitals in Melbourne.

History of Osteopathy

History of Osteopathy

Osteopathy was founded in the 19th century as the very first manual therapy. The founder, Andrew Taylor Still was a practicing Physician and licensed MD. Still was unsatisfied with the medical practices of the day and endeavored to change the mainstream medical approach. Still devoted the next 10 years to thoroughly studying human anatomy and developing a better way to treat disease.

After years of research and clinical observations, he came to the conclusion the musculoskeletal system had a strong influence over health and disease. He also acknowledged the body had all the tools it needed to maintain good health if encouraged correctly. These realisations led Still to develop a system of manual techniques based on correcting physical problems of the musculoskeletal system allowing the body to restore its health and balance and function more efficiently. He named the system developed Osteopathy or Osteopathic medicine.

Still emphasised the importance of treating the patient as a ‘whole’. No one system or part should be considered in isolation of the rest of the body. From these observations AT Still taught the philosophy of Osteopathy.

What are the principles of Osteopathy?

Principles of Osteopathy

An Osteopath approaches the treatment of every client guided by the following principles

Structure and function is related.
– The structure of the body (joints, muscles, tendons etc) affect how well the body is able to function (movement, digestion, breathing, mood).

The body has a self healing and self regulating mechanism
The body has a tendency toward health and homeostasis, the role of an Osteopath is to remove any physical restrictions that may be hindering this natural healing process. Be that a tight muscle or restricted joint or an overactive nervous system Osteopaths have the manual therapy tools to address such restrictions and restore better health and balance.

The body is a whole
To treat effectively and efficiently the body should be considered one unit. Osteopaths recognise one part of the body can have vast effects on other parts. Effective treatment relies on this realisation as this often provides the key to addressing the underlying problems.
You may feel pain in your low back but an experienced Osteopath will look far broader than just where the symptoms are directly felt. With a true understanding of biomechanics and anatomy, the Osteopath will know that it could be due to abnormal pressures transmitted up through the leg straining the posterior pelvis and low back all caused from poor movement in the bones of the ankle as a result of an old injury.

All rational treatment is based on consideration of all these principles. Osteopaths base all examination, diagnosis and treatment on the above principles.