Pregnancy

Osteopathy

At Hanover osteopaths we have a specialist clinic for pregnant women suffering pregnancy related musculoskeletal aches and pains such as backache, sciatica, neck ache, headaches coming from the neck, and aching legs.

Aches and pains are common during pregnancy, as the body changes shape to accommodate the increasing size and weight of the uterus and the baby within. This involves considerable changes to posture. If the mother has existing back problems, or strains in her body from past accidents or trauma, it may be more difficult for her to accommodate these changes, and she may suffer more discomfort as a result. In addition, the ligaments soften during pregnancy due to the action of hormones. Unfortunately this softening affects the whole body and makes it more vulnerable to strain during pregnancy. Backache, neck ache, headaches coming from the neck, aching legs are common complaints that can be helped by osteopathic treatment. Treatment is gentle and safe, often including gentle mobilisations and stretches with massage and manipulation if necessary.