Pregnancy, Babies and Osteopathy

baby and osteopathy


Pregnancy and Osteopathy:

Pre and Post Natal Care

Bendigo Osteo has a long history of treating pregnant women and their babies with osteopathy.

So how can Osteopathy help during pregnancy? During pregnancy, your body undergoes tremendous change to accommodate the growing fetus. These changes include expansion of the abdominal region and hormonal releases that affect the function of your body’s internal system. Furthermore the extra weight creates a shift in your body’s centre of gravity and your supporting ligaments also soften.

These changes cause an increase in mechanical stress to the musculoskeletal system and may result in pain and discomfort. The osteopath focuses on relieving this stress in the body.

Bendigo Osteo treat pregnant women for a range of musculoskeletal conditions;

  • back pain
  • sciatica
  • pelvic instability
  • sacro-illiac joint pain
  • pubic symphysis pain

Also after birth, it is normal for a women’s body to still be recovering from the mechanical stress. Osteopathy may help manage problems like;

  • pelvic and low back pain
  • pelvic floor weakness
  • shoulder, upper back, arm pain associated with breastfeeding

Not only is Osteopathy great for pregnancy, but so is Massage. At Bendigo Osteo we offer Pregnancy Massage. We have a specially designed supportive pregnancy pillow so you can lay face down for a great massage with experienced massage therapists.

Massage during pregnancy is also helpful for managing aches and pains, stress relief and relieving swelling.

Babies & Osteopathy:

Growth and Development

Bendigo Osteo has been treating babies with Osteopathy in Bendigo for over 12 years.

So why would you take your baby to see an Osteopath? All newborn babies experience a degree of trauma during the birthing process because of the pressure exerted during labour. This trauma may cause soft tissue tension and misalignment of the cranial bones of the skull or other areas of the musculoskeletal system.

Dr Matthew Moresi (Osteopath) commonly treats babies. He predominantly practices in cranial/biodymanic osteopathy. The aim of this treatment is to try to correct any tension or misalignment present after birth. See Cranial Osteopathy for more information.

Dr Matthew Moresi (Osteopath) has seen Bendigo babies for Musculoskeletal strains that may contribute to;

  • difficulty sleeping
  • colic
  • reflux
  • digestive issues (constipation)
  • feeding difficulties
  • asymmetries in head shape
  • rolling to one side only
  • delayed sitting, crawling, walking
  • post tongue tie operations

At Bendigo Osteo we want to make it as easy and comfortable for you and your baby to visit. We provide baby change room facilities, a children’s play corner and pram access. We also have a comfortable couch for breastfeeding and if you need the microwave to heat a bottle just ask our reception.

Dr Moresi is very popular and currently is the only Osteopath at the clinic treating babies. If you are having trouble finding an appointment with him online please call the clinic.

*At Bendigo Osteo we acknowledge that there is a limit to scientific research around Osteopathy and Babies. In our clinical experience we believe it is effective. Yet like all forms of health care, there are no guarantees. This will be discussed with you at your treatments. You can find more information on our page Osteopath and Research.  This page contains links to articles of some of the above conditions.