“During pregnancy 20-45% of women experience pelvic girdle pain and nearly 50% of all pregnant women experience lower back pain…”

-Gjestland, Bo et al 2013; Pennick et al 2013; Vleeming 2008

Common symptoms during pregnancy..

  • Lower back pain

  • Upper back and rib pain

  • Shoulder tension

  • Pelvic girdle pain

  • Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Heartburn

 

Pregnancy Massage

Our Soft Tissue/Sports Therapist, Annie Colman BSc (Hons) has further qualifications in Pregnancy Massage and Clinical Pre and Post-natal pilates.

She is able to provide expert treatment during pregnancy, targeting muscle balance and tension.

Our ladies love being treated on our special pregnancy bolster cushion which allows you to lay safely on your front during all stages of pregnancy allowing for un-compromised treatment.

There are some extra precautions we consider for treatment during pregnancy which will be discussed at the time of treatment. We may ask for a referral letter from your GP or midwife if we have any concerns before treatment.

Is treatment safe during pregnancy?

Our Chiropractors, Physiotherapist and Soft Tissue Therapist are qualified and able to safely treat women throughout all stages of pregnancy.

The prevalence of lower back, pelvic girdle and mid back pain increases dramatically during the second and third trimester. This is due to the overall equilibrium of the spine altering as pregnancy progresses.

Non-invasive and holistic therapies may be preferred during pregnancy due to their proven safety for mother and baby.

A variety of gentle treatment techniques can be used during each trimester which have been proven to be safe and effective.

Many women benefit from Chiropractic and hands on non-invasive treatment pre and post-natally and to support them as their body adapts to the changes.

Our Chiropractor, Sandy Boniface is hugely experienced and hold further qualifications specifically in the treatment of women during pregnancy and post-natally.  She also treats paediatrics patients including Chiropractic treatment for babies.   See our paediatric page for more information.

I have been told I shouldn’t be treated in my first Trimester, is this true?

Historically some types of therapies have been discouraged during the first Trimester of Pregnancy because there was a lack of research. There is now a substantial body of evidence to support that hand on treatment is completely safe and beneficial.  We encourage all expectant mothers to do there research and discuss at length with their therapist any concerns.

Despite what we have said about the safety of treatment, it is important to tell your Chiropractor as soon as you know you are expecting as this may alter your treatment plan.   This information will be kept completely confidential.

We will want to work alongside your medical team and will ask your permission to be in contact with them.  We may also ask for a referral letter from your MD or midwife prior to treatment.  You are also able to request a female therapist if you feel more comfortable.