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Supporting your journey through pregnancy, birth & post-natal

Melbourne Osteopath for Pregnancy

Pregnancy and new motherhood brings about significant physical, emotional, psychological and social changes. It’s important that you’re supported during this time of transition.

Our practitioners are incredibly passionate about providing osteopathic care and education during pregnancy and early motherhood to ensure both you and your baby remain physically and emotionally healthy.

Melbourne osteopath for pregnancy performing assessment

How Osteopathic Treatment Can Support Pregnancy

Our osteopathic treatments aim to help you maintain body balance, decrease physical stress during pregnancy, and support a healthy, happy recovery post birth.

Maternal feelings of relaxation and wellbeing may promote the release of feel-good hormones that affect the growing baby and support growth in a stress-free and emotionally nourishing environment! (Field et. al., 2006)

Female Osteopath with hand on pregnant women's stomach and toddler next to mum

Common Reason Women Seek Osteopathic Care During Pregnancy

Complaints that pregnant women commonly present to our osteopaths include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pelvic pain (Sacroiliac joint/pubic symphysis)
  • Groin pain
  • Hip pain
  • Maintenance of postural balance
  • Sciatica
  • Middle, upper back, and neck pain
  • Rib cage pain
  • Headache and/or face pain
  • Carpal tunnel: tingling in the hands
pregnancy osteopath testing pregnant women pelvis function

Musculoskeletal Changes in Pregnancy

Pregnancy forces your body through dramatic musculoskeletal changes. These changes influence biomechanics, put pressure on your joints and can create lasting muscle tension and pain.

Through osteopathic treatments, we can boost mobility, help release areas of restriction, prescribe corrective exercises to support areas of hyper-mobility, improve tissue texture and reduce pain.

Balance During Pregnancy

As you progress through pregnancy, your posture, gait and functional movement change which can cause poor balance when walking.

To help lower risk of falling and boost comfort, our osteopaths can administer soft-tissue massages, stretching, and subtle balancing techniques.

All these treatments aim to re-establish balance and flexibility throughout your body, to help you better adapt to changes in weight and biomechanics.

Pregnancy osteopath fitting a pelvic belt on a pregnant woman

Prepare for Motherhood the Right Way

Get a helping hand to support you through this time of great change by booking your appointment below.

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Experienced Osteopaths for Pregnancy

We have special interest and years of experience applying prenatal and postnatal care for pregnant women.

Empowerment through education

We empower you to feel confident about your pregnancy journey. By helping you gain clarity on your treatment plan and teaching you ways to continue to heal and prepare your body which fits in with your lifestyle.

What techniques do we use?

Our team of osteopaths apply a wide range of hands-on treatments for pregnant women. When treating you, our osteos do their best to ensure comfort for both you and your baby at all times.

Massage, stretching, joint articulation is applied to release areas of restriction, while taping and corrective exercise helps to off-load and support areas of hyper-mobility (too much movement).

Soft tissue massage Joint Articulation Stretching Balancing techniques Stretch exercises Taping Corrective exercises
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The Growing Bones Difference

We have a holistic team of practitioners that work together to ensure that we're getting you the best results for your pain, mobility and quality of life. Here's just a few things that set us apart from other Osteos in Melbourne.

3 osteopaths smiling with coffee in Growing Bones Melbourne clinic

Family-centred care

Young families come to us because we have a special interest in working with infants, children & pregnant women. We have all undertaken relevant postgraduate study and we have vast experience in the area.

97% 5-star feedback

Our customers love us because of our exceptional, highly qualified practitioners, our warm & friendly manner with adults & children alike, and how well we explain things.

Education & empowerment

We empower you to feel confident about the wellness journey you’re on. We help you to gain clarity on your treatment plan and teach you ways to continue the healing outside of the Clinic so it easily fits in with your lifestyle.

Our Pregnancy Osteopathic Team

Our team of osteopaths are experienced professionals that believe in taking a holistic approach to supporting optimal health and wellness in our patients.

Melissa McDougall

Senior Osteopath & Advanced Paediatric Osteopath
Special interests: infants and children, pregnancy, sports, adults

Elizabeth Dwyer

Senior Osteopath
Special interests: infants and children, pregnancy, sports, adults

Janine Symington

Senior Osteopath
Special interests: infants and children, pregnancy, sports, adults, dry needling

Paris MacGibbon

Registered Osteopath
Special interests: children (5+ years), pregnancy, adults, dry needling

James Goetz

Registered Osteopath
Special interests: adults, children (5+ years), pregnancy, sports, dry needling

Kirsten Murray

Registered Osteopath
Special interests: adults, children (5+ years), pregnancy, sports, dry needling

Jess Loughnan

Registered Osteopath
Special interests: adults, children (5+ years), pregnancy, sports, dry needling

Rebecca Gunn

Registered Osteopath
Special interests: adults, children (5+ years), pregnancy, sports, dry needling

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Frequently Asked Questions for Pregnancy Osteopathy

We want you to feel completely comfortable using our service. If you still have any queries, please Contact Us.

Is Osteopathy Safe for Pregnant Women?

Although osteopathic care is generally recognised as an appropriate form of manual therapy in pregnancy, it is advised to check with your general practitioner or obstetrician if you are in a ‘high-risk’ category before seeking osteopathic care. Our osteopaths will spend a great deal of time understanding your current pregnancy, obstetric and gynecological history as well as your general health profile to ensure osteopathy is an appropriate form of care for you.

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