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Pre & Postnatal Osteopathy

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PREGNANCY & BIRTH PREPARATION

Preparing your body for birth is an important part of osteopathic treatment during pregnancy.
Our osteopaths will work on the ligaments and fascia that influence your uterus and pelvis, ensuring they are moving optimally, creating more space in your pelvis for your baby to move freely.

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Our osteopaths will also educate you on

  • Pregnancy yoga practices to create space

  • Perineal massage

  • Pelvic floor relaxation techniques 

  • Spinning babies and optimal positioning

  • Breathing techniques for labour. 

  • Active birth positions 

  • Protocol for breech babies 

  • Pain management strategies

  • Tips for minimising perineal tearing 

  • Perineal care post-birth

Osteopathy, pregnancy & the pelvic floor

Our osteopaths are highly trained to provide internal pelvic floor assessment and treatment for those who need it during pregnancy.

 

This can include internal myofascial techniques to release the pelvic floor muscles in preparation for birth, internal coccyx manipulation, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for light bladder leakage, prolapse assessment and prolapse treatment.

 

The goal of this treatment is to ensure your pelvic floor is functioning correctly and is used as a tool within a comprehensive treatment management plan. 

Can I have an internal pelvic floor assessment and treatment while pregnant? 

For most people, yes. From the second trimester onwards you are welcome to book an appointment for an internal pelvic floor assessment / treatment.

 

A general rule for internal treatment during pregnancy is, if you are cleared for penetrative sex with your partner, you can have an internal assessment with an osteopath. 

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We are highly trained in the area of internal pelvic floor assessment and treatment during pregnancy and have experience helping patients with:

  • Internal myofascial release for pregnancy related pelvic girdle, hip and back pain 

  • Internal assessment of the pelvic floor to ensure optimal functioning 

  • Light bladder leakage during or after pregnancy

Six week pelvic floor assessment

Our Osteopaths are highly trained in the area of internal pelvic floor assessment and are passionate about the importance of completing a thorough six week postpartum pelvic floor assessment.

 

This assessment is to identify any concerns with your pelvic floor after giving birth and create a treatment plan specific to your needs and goals.  

The internal assessment of the pelvic floor involves assessing the strength, timing, coordination and any tension present in the pelvic floor muscles. Your osteopath will also look for pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti and any scar tissue that may require treatment.

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Our Osteopaths work very closely with our Exercise Physiologist who is extensively trained in pelvic health. Exercise Physiology helps to integrate your pelvic floor exercises into more functional movements to get you back living a healthier and more independent life! 

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