Osteopathy for Pregnant Women
A large part of my work is focused on helping pregnant women. I’ve worked in close collaboration with Dr. Gibb from The Birth Company for 7 years, as well as with Dr Leitch (Baby Inc), Dr Horner and Dr Jauniaux. I have therefore had the opportunity to gain unique experience with pregnant patients.
I believe that understanding the changes associated with pregnancy can help you to have a happy and healthy pregnancy. I dedicate my care to helping both mother and baby alike.
How your body changes during pregnancy:
During pregnancy, HGC (Human Gonadic Gonadotrophin), a hormone produced by the baby’s placenta, has a dramatic effect on the mother’s body. One of the roles of HCG is to help the ligaments to soften in order to make the pelvis more flexible at the time of delivery.
However, its action is not confined to the pelvic ligaments, and therefore most ligaments in the body get looser. This process, along with normal weight gain and an increase in abdominal size changes the biomechanics of the whole body, and can lead to dysfunction and discomfort.
That’s where osteopathy, by balancing the body’s mechanics, will help the mum-to-be cope with these changes. In addition, with most drugs being inadvisable during pregnancy, it seems quite evident that a safe and natural hands-on treatment is the way forward.
Osteopathic treatment can help to ease many of the physical discomforts that women may experience during pregnancy, including: nausea, heartburn, breathing difficulties, chest and rib pain, lower back and pelvic pain, sciatica, water retention, and (by helping venous and lymphatic drainage) varicose veins and haemorrhoids.
I can help you be more aware of your body and its changing patterns, and can advise you about simple exercises you can do at home.
Preparing for labour with Osteopathy
Balancing the pelvis and releasing tension from the lower back and abdomen will help you relax and experience a more comfortable labour and birth.
I also work in close association with a number of other holistic practitioners who specialise in pregnancy, such as Yoga teachers, Acupuncturists, Nutritionist, Massage therapists, Pilates instructors and PT’s to ensure you are offered the most suitable technique for the fastest relief from your symptoms.
Boniface is a French registered osteopath who graduated from the European School of Osteopathy. Boniface works closely with the KX personal training and therapist team and continues to develop his different fields of expertise in Integrated Osteopathy, Sports Injuries, Pregnancy Care and New Born Care (Cranio-Sacral Osteopathy).
• Integrated Osteopathy
• Structural Techniques
• Visceral Osteopathy
• Cranio-Sacral Osteopathy
• Sports Injuries
The cost of an initial 60 min appointment with Boniface is £120.