Prenatal/postpartum Osteopathy

Prenatal osteopathy in Kew, navigating the demands and changes of pregnancy.

About our prenatal and postpartum osteopathy

Prenatal osteopathy can provide support during pregnancy and improve postpartum imbalances. Using gentle techniques, and sometimes deep tissue massage, prenatal osteopathy helps the muscles and joints to move, increase blood supply, and improve movement and strength, resulting in reduced pain and better movement.

Finding your body's balance after childbirth can be a challenge, given all of the demands, changes and adaptions the body has faced over the last 9 months. An extremely important recovery phase must follow and it is worthy of attention. Osteopathy in the postpartum and breastfeeding periods can help speed up this recovery and reduce aches and pains that can often appear during this delicate phase.

If you feel ready to get stronger after a few treatment sessions we would highly recommend booking a one-to-one Get Strong movement session. The 30 minute movement therapy is all about you, your body type and your goals. it will explore your movement and strength in our fully equipped studio to return you to your activity pain and injury free.

If you have any questions please email or 07811454495.

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Testimonials for pregnancy & newborn osteopathy

My baby cried pretty much continuously for the first 4 weeks of his life (in between extensive and voracious feeding). I was told that he had reflux but mothers’ instinct steered me toward finding other answers and treatment. 
I had heard about the benefits of cranial osteopathy and thankfully found Noemi. Her treatment was gentle and non-evasive but the effect on my son was immediate and dramatic. After only a couple of sessions he could be on his back without crying, his feeding regulated, his sleeping improved and his little clenched fists began to unfurl. I would recommend Noemi to any new mum (and often do).
Jane S
I had back pain during the last trimester of pregnancy and Noemi greatly improved my symptoms and also helped me prepare for childbirth. I learned a great deal about how the various areas of the body make cross-references and I am always impressed by the knowledge and ability of the Naomi to get to the root of the problem, rather than cure the symptoms.
Sarah C
Our son was 6 months old. He had a case of flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly). Throught cranial osteopathy he now has a beautiful round head. The suggested course of treatments worked. The communication thought out the process was flawless. We are grateful to Noemi and the team and recommend them highly.
Fiona Allen
Noemi's treatments have helped my family immeasurably. Her newborn check-ups and treatments worked wonders on both my children's digestive issues, breathing and sleep, and she has helped me with numerous issues such as back and neck pain and for musculoskeletal problems during pregnancy. Her ability to target the root cause of the issue and alleviate pain is real. I can't recommend her highly enough
I originally brought my daughter to Noemi at a few weeks of age for osteopathy to help with colic as well as slight torticollis. After our first session there was drastic improvement. After each session we noticed a difference.
Donna Makin
Noemi managed to diagnose old sporting injuries and really find the root of the problem, which was not necessarily what I thought was the root. Since then my wife has also started seeing Noemi for post natal treatment combined with personal training. The expertise, professionalism and outstanding results from the team at Get Strong has made a drastic improvement to all of our lives, probably the best choice and best decision we have made in terms of physical wellbeing and health.
Charlie O'Grady
Osteopathy helping you through your changes and the demands during pregnancy.

More info about our prenatal osteopathy

Osteopathy as complementary manual medicine can help during the preparation for childbirth, it can provide support during pregnancy and improve postpartum imbalances. Osteopathy can help support the body through the changes that occur both during pregnancy and after childbirth.

During pregnancy the woman's body undergoes profound structural and functional changes. These changes require continuous adaptations by the body, a normal consequence of those adaptations can be fatigue, aches and pains. Aches and pains that can be listened to, understood and addressed, reducing the effects they have on the wellbeing of the expectant mother.

Your body changes during pregnancy

Sudden and important hormonal changes occur allowing the joints to become increasingly mobile in preparation for growth and delivery of the foetus.

Other changes include:

The female body has an incredible ability to adapt to these changes and as pregnancy progresses, these changes may effect daily activities.

Osteopathy in pregnancy can act globally on the body of the future mother, recognising what is adapting well and what areas are struggling to cope. Under these extra demands, muscles can fatigue and joints can become sore, osteopathy helps to promote movement, strength and overall wellness.

One of the main purposes of prenatal osteopathic medicine is to promote the best possible expression of health for the person. Therefore, it is important that obstetric, gynaecologist and osteopathy is taken into consideration to maintain health and wellbeing.

Prenatal osteopathy can help with these common issues during pregnancy:

When to make the first prenatal osteopathic treatment?

The first meeting takes place after the third month of pregnancy when the placenta is installed.

During the first trimester we recommend a meeting that aims to illustrate to the expectant mother the osteopathic path she will choose to undertake, inform and resolve doubts, provide the first useful tools to master the first postural changes.

During the first meeting the presence of any imbalances is evaluated and the first treatment is carried out. The second takes place at a distance of about 10-15 days, and then evaluates how far to organise the subsequent sessions based on the individual response.

Clearly, we must consider that every woman is different from the other, and consequently also the adaptations that the future mother feels during the gestation period, which is why there is no real protocol of treatments.

The route will therefore be customised according to the patient's needs. 

More info about our postpartum osteopathy

Changes to the body

The birth, and the period after the birth can have a significant impact on the female body. The physiological and structural demands on the body during childbirth can be compared with that of a sporting performance of a high-level sportsperson.

What does the osteopath do?

Osteopathy treatment will take into consideration the different physiological effects to the viscera, circulatory and lymphatic systems that pregnancy and childbirth has had on the body. Treatment has the overall aim to rebalance the musculoskeletal system including the pelvic floor weaknesses and urinary disorders.

Another point on which the osteopath works with particular attention is the diaphragm which has been compressed by the growth of the foetus. Our manipulations and massage of the diaphragm allows for better respiratory functionality which is fundamental during and after the birth to help the mother release physical and emotional tension.

It has often been observed that gynaecological problems (endometriosis, ovulatory pain or pelvic infections of various kinds) can present as pains in the pelvis and vertebral column as the main complaint by the patient.

This is due to the "viscero-somatic reflexes" that involve the spinal segments responsible for the innervation of the viscera and also the muscles in the spine and pelvis. Osteopaths will work on the symptomatic muscles and joints in the spine and pelvis in order to reduce somatic dysfunctions deriving from the visceral-somatic reflexes. This gives the osteopathic approach a unique advantage in the management of patients with gynaecological and obstetric problems.

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