Pat and Len Worrall, Frodsham
My husband and myself have been attending The Osteopathic Health Centre for the last 6 months with neck and shoulder problems. Both these problems have responded well to treatment...

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Osteopathy Neck Pain

 

Osteopathy Postural Problems

 

Osteopathy Disc Problems

 

Osteopathy Whiplash

 

Osteopathy Stiffness

 

Osteopathy Sports Injuries

 

Osteopathy Children

 

Osteopathy Children

 



At the Osteopathic Health Centre Chester we can help you recover from a host of conditions including; low back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis and muscle spasms.

We are conveniently placed for visitors coming to us from all parts of; Cheshire, Wirral, Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales, Chester, Christleton, Tattenhall, Tarporley, Malpas, Kelsall, Helsby, Frodsham, Hawarden, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Queensferry, Hawarden, Flint, Wrexham.

Pregnancy and Back Pain: an Osteopathic View


Many different factors contribute to the problems of back ache, neck pain, pelvic girdle pain (PGP), symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), sciatica and other muscular and joint conditions in pregnancy.


Osteopathy looks at these complaints from the point of view of the individual so no two patients will have exactly the same diagnosis or treatment. The following factors are taken into consideration;


Posture

As the baby grows and the uterus enlarges, the mother's body has to adjust to support the increased abdominal weight. This requires the muscles of the back to work harder and the natural curves in the spine to change. If the spinal muscles become tight they can feel stiff and achey. Excessive forward rotation of the pelvis places pressure on the pubic symphysis and compresses the joints in the lower spine. Postural changes impact all the way up to the neck and shoulders even contributing to fatigue and tension headaches.


Hormones

From early pregnancy , hormonal changes begin to soften the ligaments throughout the body in preparation for labour. As a result, joints which are under pressure from the postural changes and weight increase can be over stretched causing considerable pain and disability such as in SPD.


Pre-existing conditions

Any previous back problems or unresolved injuries may contribute to difficulties in accommodating the changes of pregnancy. Poor posture or stiff areas in the spine affects the body's freedom to adjust leading to pain and discomfort.


Stress

In addition to stress causing muscle tension, research has shown that stress or anxiety in pregnancy may affect the developing baby. High adrenaline levels in the mother are mirrored by the baby, who is more likely to be unsettled after the birth and suffer from infantile colic.


How can osteopathy help?

Osteopaths work to understand how an individual's particular symptoms have arisen. We take a detailed case history of the problem as well as finding out about any other medical issues including accidents, illnesses and previous birth experiences. A thorough examination of posture, joint movements, muscle tone and any necessary medical tests then completes the picture and enables us to to assess which tissues are causing the symptoms and what can be done to help address the problem.


As well as explaining other treatment options, we can provide osteopathic treatment if it seems to be most appropriate. This involves hands on treatment such as soft tissue massage to relax tight muscles, articulation of any stiff joints and cranial osteopathy to help bring the whole body into balance. How you use your body between treatments is important, so advice on correct sitting and standing posture, how to lift and move as well as exercises to strengthen, stretch or relax the body are all part of the osteopathic approach. Osteopaths consider that understanding your problem is key to being able to help yourself.