Are you pregnant and looking for Osteopathy in Torquay?
During Pregnancy, your body goes through many postural, hormonal and biomechanical changes. Our Osteopaths thoroughly assess and treat these issues that may arise during pregnancy and post partum. We love educating and supporting you to prepare you for your birth and beyond.
At Sequence Osteopathy we have a special pregnancy pillow that allows pregnant women to lay on their stomachs safely up until the late stages of pregnancy. Our pregnant clients always love being able to come in and safely lie face down on the treatment table!
Common conditions that can arise during pregnancy include:
- Pelvic girdle pain – Sacro-Iliac or pubic joint pain
- Lower back pain
- Rib and mid back pain and strain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Swelling in ankles and wrists
Many of our osteopaths are mothers and have done further study into treatment for pre and post natal women. Bec has completed doula (birth attendant) training with Rhea Dempsey so has a particular interest in supporting women towards a physiologically normal and low intervention birth. Bec loves working with couples to prepare both partners for the birth with a variety of techniques and strategies.
We are all passionate about supporting women throughout your pregnancy journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a couple of our most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any further questions.
Osteopathy is a holistic manual therapy that aims to treat the cause of musculo-skeletal conditions rather than simply treating the symptoms. This philosophy is unique in it’s aim to enhance the body’s ability to self-heal by treating the joints, muscles, lymphatic and nervous systems with a variety of ‘hands on’ techniques. Osteopathy seeks to educate the patient and work in conjunction with other health practitioners (eg. GPs, naturopaths, massage therapists, personal trainers) about stretch and strength exercises, posture, diet and aims for long term healing rather than dependence on treatment.
Your practitioner will perform a thorough postural assessment to diagnose the problem and use a variety of techniques depending on each individual. For instance a variety of the following techniques may be used:
Soft tissue manipulation (massage): involves releasing tension in shortened muscles.
Joint manipulation: involves a small amount of movement applied to a joint with minimum force and maximum accuracy. This technique aims to decrease pain and improve the quality of stiff and tender joints.
Muscle contraction and stretching: to improve lengthening shortened muscles.
Joint mobilisation and articulation: involves rhythmic movement
Cranial osteopathy: this gentle therapy aims to balance and strengthen the flow of the cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) being the fluid which surrounds and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. It is safe on children and throughout pregnancy.
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Government and medical studies over recent years have consistently shown osteopathy to be less expensive, use fewer drugs and have higher patient satisfaction than conventional medical care for back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain.
Your osteopath will ask to see any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear depending on the area of your body requiring treatment. Therefore you may like to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts if you would be more comfortable.