In May 2013 I was invited to speak at the IWK to discuss how osteopathy can help with pregnancy, specifically with the common occurrences of lower back pain and pubic symphysis dysfunction (often referred to as PSD).
After speaking with some of the obstetricians, I was surprised to learn that most of them felt back pain and pelvic pain were simply a part of pregnancy and therefore did not consider the need for further treatment.
In some instances this is true, however, with lower back pain and PSD in particular, these conditions can be quite debilitating and extremely painful. In these cases it is not a normal part of pregnancy and there is a lot osteopaths can do manually to help minimize these occurrences.
If you or someone you know who is pregnant and complaining of pain that is not going away; pain that is increasingly getting worse, especially during transitions through trimesters; increased pain going from sitting to standing or rolling from side to side in bed; increased pain with prolonged walking or sitting; intense pubic bone pain; pubic bone pain that is radiating into the groin; pain on either side of the buttock; diaphragmatic or rib/costochondritis pain; or is having difficulty managing normal activities of daily living, then these are indications that she is not adapting well to the physiological changes of pregnancy.
Even signs of congestion that are not alarming by the obstetrician could be caused by something structural that is impeding fluid flow and may be resolved from osteopathic manual treatment.
If any of these symptoms are recognized please consult with an osteopathic manual practitioner ASAP.
Jocelyn Glover BSc. KIN., BSc. AHN., D.O(M.P)