Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare that treats the whole person or two in this instance. An Osteopath is trained in the most appropriate treatment techniques to maximise the safety of you and your growing child.
The body undergoes so many changes during pregnancy to accommodate the growing fetus. Apart from the obvious physical changes, your hormonal releases can affect the function of your body’s internal systems. As you progress through pregnancy, the extra weight in your belly shifts your centre of gravity, and all your supporting ligaments soften. These factors can add stress to your body, causing problems like back pain, sciatica, insomnia, shortness of breath, swelling, high blood pressure and fatigue. With an aim to assist the natural process of your pregnancy and birth, seeing an osteopath regularly during your pregnancy will help to maximise your body’s ability to change and support you and your baby with a minimum of pain and discomfort.
Babies and Children
Osteopathy recognises the stresses endured by babies and children as they grow, and can be a very useful and successful way to assist with a range of problems that may interfere with the normal development of a child. Accidents, falls, sporting injuries, posture problems, or even just the rapid growth of a child can create problems with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
Osteopathic care is a non-invasive, gentle care without the use of drugs or surgery. it can assist the young body to adapt better to growth-related changes and also prevent other health problems from arising.
Osteopaths commonly treat infants with:
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Growing pains
- Constant Crying
- Feeding difficulties
- Flathead Syndrome
Chronic pain can be severe and interfere with daily functions. One in five Australian’s suffers from chronic pain, according to the Australian Pain Management Association. Chronic pain tends to persist for three months or longer and instead of getting less it stays the same or gets worse.
‘if you live in chronic pain it’s important to know that your nervous system changes, which flows on to affect your thoughts, feelings and movements. The key is learning how to manage the pain as effectively as you possibly can – and that’s where an osteopath may help.’Dr Terry Stewart (Osteopath), MScMed (Pain Management),
Some common chronic pain that Osteopath’s treat is:
Everyone is different and sometimes genetics or diseases may play a role in altering the nervous system and these factors might predispose some people to increased chance of chronic pain. In a lot of cases, the need to work and take care of the family put people in a position where we push through the pain. This is where re-injury and exacerbation of an injury can occur. As tough as it may be somehow finding a way to listen to the pain and manage everyday activities better needs to be done to allow the injury to recover.
Whether you are an elite athlete or you run around the park once in a while for general fitness, your osteopath may help prevent and treat many sporting injuries.
Commonly treated injuries include:
- neck and back strains
- shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries
- hip and pelvic injuries
- knee, leg and ankle injuries.
Reduced joint or muscle flexibility will affect your performance. It may result in injury. If you do become injured, your osteopath is highly trained to facilitate a return to optimal function and prevent compensatory strains from occurring. This aims to minimise re-injury and allow a quicker return to physical activity.