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GrowingBones feels that pregnancy is one of the most important periods in a woman’s life, and we are happy to provide services to ensure that this special time is comfortable for both mother and baby.

Feeling well and pain free in pregnancy is important for bother mother and baby.  Research suggests that infants are born with biochemical profiles identical to their mothers.  That is, when the pregnant woman is stressed, in pain or depressed, cortisol (the hormone of stress) is released and produces survival responses in the mother and her developing baby.

Fortunately this works both ways- maternal feelings of relaxation and well-being promote the release of feel-good hormones that are reflected in the growing baby, supporting infantile growth in a stress-free and emotionally nourishing environment.

Our Osteopath, Dr. Melissa McDougall providing treatment at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, UK.

Our Osteopath, Dr. Melissa McDougall providing treatment at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, UK.

The most common reasons for pregnant women to seek osteopathic care include, but are not limited to:

Pelvic pain (Sacroiliac joint and/or pubic symphysis)

Groin pain

Low back pain

Maintenance of general health


Mid, upper back and neck pain

Ribcage pain

Headache/face pain

Fluid congestion

Carpal tunnel: tingling in the hands


Osteopathic treatment in pregnancy may help reduce pain and improve fluid dynamics (blood flow, venous and lymphatic drainage) throughout the body.

The osteopath uses gentle soft-tissue massage, stretching and subtle balancing (cranial/biodynamic) techniques to establish balance and flexibility throughout the body. This may help the pregnant body better adapt to the changes in weight, position and size of the growing baby inside the accommodating uterus.

Growing Bones feels that osteopathy and movement therapy during pregnancy provides a wonderful opportunity to establish lasting changes in the physical body of the woman, which may also positively influence foetal development and thus can provide much more than pain relief.   Osteopathic care can make the most of greater flexibility and postural shifts, working to gently release areas of chronic restriction and injury to balance the female body in pregnancy and positively affect function and thereafter.

Although osteopathic is recognised as a safe and effective therapy for pregnant women, it is advised to check with your general practitioner or obstetrician if you are in a ‘high-risk’ category before seeking osteopathic care. 

To find out if osteopathy is suitable for you, you are welcome to speak with our osteopath.

To enquire about our services or make an appointment,  please contact us on (03) 9687 3040.