The body of a woman goes through several changes during pregnancy. Osteopathic treatment may help the body to adapt and make the pregnancy much more comfortable.
The body of a woman goes through several changes during pregnancy.11 As the pregnancy progresses, the weight gain, the widening of the pelvic bones and the increased lumbar curvature all contribute to pregnancy discomforts.12
Relaxin, a hormone that regulates collagen, softens the pelvic joint and ligaments in preparation for delivery. Unfortunately, this makes the body more vulnerable to strain and can result in pain. Osteopathic treatment may help the body to adapt and make the pregnancy much more comfortable.13, 14, 15
Please note that the research references below are pilot studies. There is a need for larger trials to confirm these findings.
11Spinal curvature and characteristics of postural change in pregnant women. Okanishi N, Kito N, Akiyama M, Yamamoto M. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2012 Jul;91(7):856-61.
12Pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain: listening to Australian women. Pierce H, Homer CS, Dahlen HG, King J. Nurs Res Pract. 2012;2012:387428.
13Osteopathic manipulative treatment in pregnant women. Lavelle JM. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2012 Jun;112(6):343-6.
15A randomized controlled trial comparing a multimodal intervention and standard obstetrics care for low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy. George JW, Skaggs CD, Thompson PA, Nelson DM, Gavard JA, Gross GA. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Oct 23
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