In This Month
The 9 month bump: – Advice on common complaints for mums to be.
Relaxin: The facts about the stretchy hormone.
Babycalm Workshops: New upcoming workshop to empower parents!
Mum of 2 Katy Flello tells us about her work with Babycalm:
“Babycalm is about empowering parents, giving them choices and allowing them to make decisions that are right for their family. Workshops provide information that is based on up-to-date research and scientific evidence with detailed hand-outs. The courses are interactive and practical, designed to give mums and dads confidence in trying techniques that will help soothe and calm their baby.”
3 hour workshops include:
Antenatal: most suited to couples between 30 weeks and 38 weeks of pregnancy.
Post natal: most suited for newborn babies from birth to 20 weeks of age.
Classes cover: why babies cry, baby-calming tips, how and benefits to swaddle, how to wear a sling to carry baby, how movement helps to calm a baby, realistic expectations of sleep cycles and many other areas.
Held at Pilates-Train-Me studio, Maiden Place, Lower Earley, RG6 3HD.
Contact: 07557 979142 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Discounted offer: £30 per couple if mentioning Lower Earley Osteopaths.
Been on holiday to Barcelona and returned feeling very relaxed!
Agreed to a new challenge, with patients Norma and Sabrina, called Race the Sun. A 50 mile cycle ride, 2.5 mile canoe along Thirlmere and trek 3,116ft up Helvellyn mountain. Training to start in the New Year….watch this space!
Our October ‘Star of the Month’ goes to Paul Bennett. This month we did a random selection to say thank you for our patients on going loyalty.
He will receive his free treatment in October.
Welcome to the Pregnancy Edition Newsletter from Lower Earley Osteopaths!
Expectant Mothers in the Clinic
Osteopathy and pregnancy: what do we do?
As osteopaths we often get asked ‘How do you treat pregnant women? What do you actually do?’ The answer is simple; we treat pregnant women the same way as all the rest of our patients, with a few alterations. Pregnant women respond quicker to our techniques, so we listen to the tissues so as not to over-treat and alter a few technique positions as the bump grows.
The main pain culprit: Relaxin:
Relaxin is a hormone that can be released as early as implantation, but usually peaks around the 14th week. As the name suggests it relaxes tissues such as ligaments and joints, this allows the abdomen and uterus to expand as the baby grows. Closer to the birth it prompts the joints in the pelvis to relax and open for delivery.
Unfortunately Relaxin is not specific and softens other joints besides the pelvis during the pregnancy. As the ligaments soften there’s less support and this can cause floppy joints that need stabilising. On the plus side Relaxin increases pregnant women’s ability to heal quicker, we help utilise this and offer advice on stabilisation.
What can I do to help?
Upper back pain:
As labour progresses fluid can pool at the base of the spine making it very uncomfortable and pressurised. Dad can make a triangle with their thumbs making the base and finger the point. By running the thumbs up either side of the spine and opening the fingers up into a W it helps move this fluid back up to the heart to be processed. This advice can help give the dad-to-be a function and goal during the pregnancy to feel more included.
Watch out for our website blog during October, with a treatment picture diary of common complaints trimester by trimester.
What can Lower Earley Osteopaths do to help?
We treat a variety of complaints during pregnancy, from aching hands and feet, neck and shoulder tension, sacro-iliac and symphysis pubis dysfunction through to digestive issues and many more. We also offer monthly appointments for maintenance checkups to treat and discuss any concerns and advice on relaxation techniques leading up to and including the birth. We provide realistic advice with exercises and supports to make pregnancy the enjoyable process it should be.
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