Gentle, effective care for you and your baby.
Osteopathy is a manual therapy that assists the body in optimal functioning. Osteopathy acknowledges the relationship between structure and function, and to get to the root of pain and dysfunction for you and your baby. It’s gentle, safe and — best of all — very effective.
Through the palpation of tissues, fluid, bones and joint movement, an osteopathic practitioner assesses, treats and integrates the whole body. When the body functions better it can easily manage pain, improve mobility and restore health.
Prenatal care can begin at any time during pregnancy, postpartum care is anytime after baby is born, and pediatric care can begin from the very first day of life.
You’re expecting a baby but the aches and pains are really starting to add up. Your sleep may be disturbed. Your hips are so sore, and you feel like you’re on a rotisserie at night because you have to turn over so often.
The discomforts of pregnancy are many — but so are your treatment options.
Thankfully, prenatal Osteopathy can help with gentle manipulations and soft tissue work to help ease your aches and pains so that you can feel better and enjoy your pregnancy.
Prenatal Osteopathy can begin at any stage in your pregnancy and can help with body aches and pains such as hip and low back pain, but also with visceral complaints such as constipation, aching legs and swelling. In addition, seeing an osteopath for labour preparation can help your baby settle into a great position for an easier birth and a faster recovery
Prenatal Osteopathic Treatments may include:
- Specialized gentle techniques to help ease pelvic girdle/low back and hip issues
- Gentle mobilizations to assist with swelling
- Gentle adjustments appropriate for your growing body
- Soft-tissue work to ease round ligament and broad ligament pain
- Fetal positioning
Some of the common prenatal conditions that can be effectively treated by Osteopathy:
- Upper and lower body swelling
- Varicose veins
- Shortness of breath
- Numbness and tingling in hands
- Pelvic, low back, tailbone and hip pain
- Sciatica/sciatic nerve pain
- Abdominal, round ligament and other uterine pain
- Gas, bloating and constipation
Congrats on your little bundle of joy!
Becoming a mother is an incredible, exhausting, and formative experience for most of us. However, it usually comes along with a bunch of aches and pains. Your butt and low back might be sore from sitting and feeding your baby all day and all night. Your shoulders are probably sore from said feedings. Your energy is depleted. Your organs might not be functioning quite the same way they were.
Postpartum osteopathic treatments can help. Gentle treatments help restore function to all of your body’s systems to help reduce your pain, increase function and encourage overall wellness. Getting you feeling your very best is our top priority.
No matter whether you had a vaginal or a surgical delivery, we can help you feel your very best so that you can be the mother that you want to be.
Some of the more common postnatal conditions that can be treated with Osteopathy:
- Neck pain
- Low back and pelvic pain
- Tailbone pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Wrist pain
- Foot and knee pain
- Gas, bloating and constipation
- General swelling
Did you know that faulty movement patterns can begin as early as in utero, due to baby’s position in the womb? The birthing process and life outside mom’s body can also influence movement patterns.
If we can correct these patterns in infancy or childhood, when the brain/ nervous system and body is developing we have the ability to prevent many conditions, from behavioral issues, to sensory disorders, structural problems and potentially learning disabilities.
Osteopathy can help older infants and bigger kids, too. Our osteopath can help you keep your little one feeling their very best as they grow and help to assess major growth milestones.
Common questions about Pediatric Osteopathy
In addition to correcting movement patterns, we commonly see babies for gas, constipation and digestive issues, colic and latch/feeding issues, among others.
Some babies have a hard time turning their head one way or another and osteopathy can be very helpful in assisting to return normal motion and function. This improves breast or bottle feeding, as well as overall wellness for your little one.
You can consult an osteopathic practitioner from the first days of your baby’s life, or as needed according to the appearance of symptoms or concerns.
The first visit is the longest and includes a thorough history of the birth and baby’s development. Although the focus in treating newborns is often on the head, the osteopath treats the whole body and can be aimed at the spine, the diaphragm, the upper and lower limbs, and the gut itself. Babies and infants are very receptive to osteopathic treatment.