Pregnancy & Osteopathy
PRE AND POST NATAL CARE
Your body undergoes a tremendous transition throughout the course of pregnancy and at Bendigo Osteo our aim is to assist women adapt to the musculoskeletal changes in their body and support them towards optimal health for labour and post natal recovery.
When you become pregnant, hormones are released into your body that ‘relax’ the joints and ligaments in order to accommodate for the growing baby. These changes occurs especially in your lower back, buttock and pelvic region. Then as your pregnancy progresses, the extra weight creates a shift in your body’s centre of gravity and adds pressure to other regions of the body impacting your organs, joints, circulation, and posture.
This increase in mechanical stress to the body may result in pain, stiffness and tension. It is normal for a woman to experience back pain, sciatica, leg pain and cramps, swelling, heartburn, pelvis instability and pelvic pain (in the sacroiliac joint and the pubic symphysis), hip pain and groin pain.
So how can a Osteopath help during pregnancy?
Taking a holistic approach to care, our aim is to decrease this discomfort and promote flexibility, good posture and strength during your pregnancy.
Our Osteopaths are particular concerned with pelvic alignment and the tension in the tissues surrounding this region. Our goal is to promote optimal opportunity for correct positioning of the baby and freedom of movement for the mother ready for labour.
We are also available for post natal care. Even when labour goes well, lasting mechanical strain patterns can result in a range of problems like pelvic and lower back pain and pelvic floor weakness. It is also common to have shoulder, upper back and arm pain associated with breastfeeding.
Pregnancy and labour are a huge strain on a woman’s body, yet she is well designed for it and it is always a delight to partner in this process. We have two female Osteopaths who have a special interest in treating pregnancy, Dr Merryn and Dr Maddy. Our male staff are equally committed and experienced in supporting woman during pregnancy.
We also offer Pregnancy Massage at Bendigo Osteo. Not only a treat, massage during pregnancy is also helpful for managing aches and pains, stress relief and relieving swelling.
Feel free to contact us for more information or book online.
Babies & Osteopathy
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Bendigo Osteo has been treating babies 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/biodynamic 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 Matt has seen Bendigo babies for Musculoskeletal strains that may contribute to;
- Difficulty sleeping
- 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 Matt 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 in our clinical experience we believe Osteopathy it is effective for babies. 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.