Low back pain during pregnancy. Can osteopathy help? - Malta Baby & Kids

Low back pain during pregnancy. Can osteopathy help?

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual medicine which is widely practiced throughout the world. In the UK, an estimated 30,000 people consult an osteopath every working day. Most of the ailments presented to the osteopath are of a musculoskeletal nature, which include chronic back pain, neck pain, tension headaches and general stiffness.

Do expectant mothers suffer from back pain?It has been shown that about 76% of expectant mothers report episodes of back pain throughout their pregnancy, and that many seek the opinion of an osteopath. Treatment and followups by an osteopath have been clinically shown to improve outcomes with back pain during pregnancy, particularly in the case of those suffering from sacroiliac joint dysfunction and pubic symphysis dysfunction.

What is sacroiliac joint dysfunction and how is it treated? Pregnancy brings about hormonal changes in the body to enable it to carry the child and for delivery. Relaxin is ahormone specifically produced to soften ligaments, allowing the pelvis to become more mobile (lax) to accommodate the

growing baby. This increased ligamentous laxity can bring about undue strain on joints and ligaments, particularly the sacroiliac joint (you can feel this over the 'dimple' on your lower back). Manual manipulative treatment (such as that performed by an osteopath) can address imbalances in the pelvis, improve weight distribution and allow the joints to function properly.

Where can I find a qualified osteopath in Malta?

Osteopaths are required by law to have a warrant to practice in Malta. The Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine (CPCM) regulates the profession. A minimum B.Sc. (Hons.) qualification in Osteopathy is required in order to be able to practice. Osteopathy Malta Clinic in Ta' Xbiex houses highly experienced, UK qualified osteopaths. For more information, please visit www.osteopathymalta.com or email info@osteopathymalta.com

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