Lower back pain and sciatica problems are frequent with pregnant women. The more the uterus grows the more it changes the posture and common problems like vascular congestion, compressed spine and muscle tension often occur.
A therapist can improve this condition by re-aligning the uterus, the pelvic bones and the lumbar spine. The therapist will frequently meet mothers who have difficulty breathing and he can help them by loosening up the diaphragm, also referred to as the breathing muscle. This action will also help relieve lower back pain, neck pain, along with the muscles in between the shoulder blades. Pregnant women also suffer from reflux. By treating the diaphragm, we help to eliminate reflux, so both mother and baby can coexist a little more comfortably.
Why consult an osteopath?
It’s possible that some babies may experience difficulties after birth. Here are a few sure signs that it’s time to take an appointment with your physiotherapist who has an osteopathic approach:
- Cesarean birth
- Born with the help of forceps or vacuum
- Face presentation or breeched birth
- Asymmetry of the face (eyes, mouth, ears)
- Difficulty sucking or regurgitating often or too much
- Suffers from colics or otitis; Sleep disorders
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Displays equilibrium problems
- Delay in sitting or walking
Text reproduced with permission of the Registre des Ostéopathe du Québec (ROQ).