Pregnancy is Best Friends with Osteopathy
Pregnancy's best friend: Osteopathy
I have been working with a specific focus in pregnancy and newborn health for several years. Osteopathy is a very natural and holistic approach, which follows a very old principle: find it, fix it and leave it alone. Because pregnancy is so medicalised in the Western world, we forget what a natural process it is, one that may need some help here and there, but really, the most natural thing. My experience has shown me that mothers respond incredibly well to treatment and require only minimal adjustments, because generally speaking, pregnant women are quite aware of their bodies and are focused on their own wellbeing and health and those of their babies. I am in awe of the amount of physical, emotional and social strain women endure, compared to men. It's the most important time for me as a practitioner because it is such a special moment in the mother/child relationship and I am fortunate enough to share, nurture and improve this experience. The amount of pressure women face is immense and if I can ease any of this stress, for me, that is the most important thing.
All women are different. All pregnancies are different. Osteopathy is such a tailored profession. Treatment is entirely bespoke. It's important to tune into how a woman's symptoms present in her tone, her stride, and her posture, as these all come into diagnosing and treating her ailments.
Osteopathy is all about preventative care and it's a shame that osteopathy isn't prescribed to pregnant women, along with prenatal vitamins. The first thing I ask when people come to my consultancy is why they are there, not what they have. I ask why they decided to be there and what motivated them. For pregnant women their first concern is almost always the health of their baby. Osteopathy can be very enlightening for the client, and the earlier women (let alone anyone) can identify dysfunctions, the better they can improve their health and ensure the best vessel for the life they are carrying. They can concentrate more energy on nurturing the little miracle growing inside them. For that reason, I am always so glad to see women coming in for treatment without there necessarily being a serious underlying problem for which they are seeking help.