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Pregnancy Treatments

 

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Pregnancy triggers many different changes in a woman's body. Many women have common complaints throughout pregnancy.

We specialize in a range of treatments that can be very beneficial for pregnancy related symptoms:

 

Physiotherapy

Our Chartered & State Registered physiotherapists have specialist medical training and expertise in musculoskeletal problems associated with pregnancy.

We can provide advice and treatment for many conditions including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Pre & Post Natal Exercise advice
  • Ergonomics and Postural advice
  • Advice on lifting and carrying
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Incontinence prevention and treatment
  • Sacroiliac joint disorders
  • Symphysis Pubis problems

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Podiatry

Due to the natural weight gain during pregnancy a woman's centre of gravity is completely altered. This causes new weight-bearing stance and added pressure to the knees and feet.

Common foot problems during pregnancy:

  • Over-pronation (flattening of the arch)
  • Edema (swelling of the feet)
  • Heel pain
  • Arch and ball of the foot pain
  • Leg cramping
  • Varicose veins
  • Increase in foot size

Your podiatrist can assist with your foot health during pregnancy to make your nine months more comfortable. Treatment may include orthotics, bio mechanical analysis and advice.

For further information on the podiatry services we offer please click here.

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Chiropody

As your baby grows you will find it increasingly difficult to bend over and therefore cut your toenails and keep your feet in the same condition.

Our chiropodist can assist you with the up keep of your feet throughout pregnancy.

The chiropodist can treat a variety of problems including calluses, corns, abnormal nail conditions, ingrown toenails, veruccae, warts and foot infections.

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Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a massage therapy using hand pressure and gentle stretching techniques to move the receiver's Ki (or vital energy). It promotes self-healing, rebalancing of the body's energy, and relaxation. Shiatsu is received fully clothed whilst lying on a futon.

How can shiatsu help during pregnancy?

Shiatsu is a wonderful way of getting in touch with the positive, natural changes that will occur during pregnancy. It is a supportive and nurturing therapy that increases awareness of the body both physically and emotionally, and offers a great opportunity to tune in to the unborn baby.

Shiatsu can

  • Increase energy levels
  • Help relieve fatigue
  • Ease back pain and muscular tension - Promote relaxation
  • Encourage deeper breathing
  • Relieve morning-sickness
  • Relieve heartburn
  • Allow you to connect to your baby
  • Help prepare you for labour

First Trimester [0-12 weeks]:

When receiving Shiatsu at this stage it is important to inform the therapist of your pregnancy so they can avoid deep pressure and any contraindicated acupressure points. General fatigue and tiredness, morning sickness and breast tenderness are common at this stage and Shiatsu can relieve these symptoms.

Second trimester [ 13-27 weeks]:

After the first three months the pregnancy is more stable and enters a period of rapid growth where you will become noticeably pregnant. Shiatsu will ease any muscle tension and encourage relaxation and deeper breathing. Treatments will support your body as it builds good quality Ki (energy/life force) necessary to nurture your baby.

Third Trimester [28-40 weeks]:

The baby is now much stronger and will be moving quite vigorously. Back pain is common and will be eased by Shiatsu and can be received sitting, kneeling or lying on your side, however is most comfortable for you. Shortness of breath from pressure on the diaphragm can also be relieved. Together with your therapist you can discuss suitable exercises to help you prepare for labour and how to use your breath to ease tension and anxiety.

Preparation for labour

Shiatsu can provide effective pain relief during labour and many midwives are now learning Shiatsu techniques to be able to provide this welcome, extra support. Some simple applications can be learnt easily and used by a birth partner. A special session can be arranged with our therapist to learn which postures are helpful to use and how to apply pressure in a relaxed way without becoming tired.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the world's oldest medicinal systems. Treatment aims at restoring balance between the equal and opposites of energy flow by inserting needles in specific points along energy meridians.

Acupuncture can help with many pregnancy related problems including:

  • Morning sickness
  • Constipation
  • Back and muscular pain
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid Retention
  • Induction
  • Breech presentation

Acupuncture is a very safe and effective method of treatment while pregnant and when breatfeeding. It brings relief of pain unresponsive to conventional therapy without having to take any medication.

  • Research shows Acupuncture has eased the symptoms in more than 50% of the cases within 3 days
  • No serious adverse effects have been observed in pregnant women receiving acupuncture treatment or to their the babies born.
  • Acupuncture can be used successfully to induce labour

For more information on acupuncture please click here.

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Pilates

This program was developed by the late Joseph H. Pilates who's goal it was to realise each person's physical capabilities and limitations while giving them exercises to correct their muscular imbalances and weakness.

Pilates is a great form of exercise for women before, during and after pregnancy. Pilates focuses on using and keeping the pelvic floor and deeper abdominals strong. These muscles are vital for pregnancy. It is not advisable to do Pilates between the 8th and 12th week of pregnancy but before and after this it is a safe and non-evasive form of exercise that will assist you during and after the birth of your child.

We offer specialized pregnancy course with a fully qualified Body Control Pilates instructor. Alternatively if you would like more individual attention you can attend a one-to-one session or two-to-one session if you have a friend.

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Sports Massage

Our sports massage therapists can help ease muscle tightness, tension and soreness. A session with the sports massage therapist will also help will general relaxation and stress relief. If you would prefer not to lie down and have massage our clinic has a massage chair that you may find more comfortable.

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