Osteopathy and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is often referred to as a physiological state of hormonal imbalance. In simple words, during pregnancy, the body of a female goes through significant physical and chemical changes under the influence of pregnancy hormones. It is noteworthy that some pregnancy related changes are obvious (such as growth and development of breasts, growing size of belly, weight gain, etc.), while others are mainly concealed such as changes in the anatomy of joints due to ligament softening and growing size of the fetus.

Consequently, pregnant mommies often develop a wide range of complaints that may range from nausea, vomiting, and fatigue to cramps and low back pain.


Following are some common pregnancy related complaints:

  1. Sciatica due to changes in the circulatory system
  2. Swelling of limbs
  3. Pelvic Pain
  4. Shortness of breath and easy fatigability
  5. High blood pressure and gestational diabetes
  6. Shoulder, neck and upper back pain
  7. Insomnia or poor rhythm or quality of sleep

Is osteopathy safe in pregnancy?

Although physiological, pregnancy can be difficult. Women and healthcare professional are very careful when it comes to managing the symptoms and complaints of pregnancy as the treatment equally effects both mother and the growing baby. Fortunately, holistic methods like osteopathy are not only safe during pregnancy but are also highly recommended to improve the wellness and wellbeing of both mother as well as the baby.

Osteopathy treatments are built on the philosophy of stabilizing and stimulating the body naturally to enhance the healing and regenerative processes. Osteopathic practitioners devise treatment strategies with the aim of helping the body to adapt to pregnancy related changes so you feel comfortable and relaxed at all times.

In addition, if a woman is suffering from the malalignment or rigidity of pelvis (or small/ shrunken pelvis), osteopathic manipulation can also help in optimizing the birth control for normal vaginal delivery. Each treatment is customized to patient’s need to maximize benefits. Several research studies conducted in women who underwent osteopathic manipulation during pregnancy suggested that osteopathic manipulation is safe and does not pose any risk to the fetus or pregnancy.

How does osteopathy help after childbirth?

After childbirth, the body of postpartum females undergoes a different set of changes due to shift in hormonal chemistry as well as shift in the center of gravity as body begins to regain the pre-pregnancy form. Depending upon the method of childbirth, there may be changes in the alignment of pelvic cavity framework. Osteopathic treatments can also help in realigning the pelvic joints for maximum support.

If you are suffering from backache or shoulder/ chest discomfort due to breast feeding, osteopathic massages and manipulations are best for you. Without active help from osteopathic or holistic healthcare practitioners, the risk of following complications increases in postpartum females:

  1. Changes in the menstrual cycles
  2. Stress incontinence (loss of voluntary control of bladder sphincter in situations of increased intraabdominal pressure such as sneezing, laughing, coughing etc.)
  3. Changes in the bowel such as constipation

Do not wait for your symptoms to get worse and alter your quality of life. Seek help today from Dr. Hoang who specializes in osteopathic treatments in both babies and mommies.


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  1. Liddle, S. D., & Pennick, V. (2015). Interventions for preventing and treating low‐back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. The Cochrane Library.

Hensel, K. L., Buchanan, S., Brown, S. K., & Rodriguez, M. (2015). Pregnancy research on osteopathic manipulation optimizing treatment effects: the PROMOTE study. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 212(1), 108-e1.

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