During pregnancy, it is normal to experience a number of pains and discomforts in the body as natural changes take place to prepare your body for birth. The hormone relaxin is released throughout pregnancy to allow muscle and ligaments to relax which allows joints to move more easily, preparing for labour and birth. As the uterus grows throughout pregnancy and the bodies centre of gravity changes, the load distribution and forces placed on the bodies structures increases.
These changes specifically increase the demands placed on the bodies postural and pelvic muscles and ligaments. This can lead to an increase in lumbar and thoracic spinal curves which further increase the demands on the muscles and ligaments. Increases in joint stress, particularly in the sacroiliac joint, can contribute to further demand on these muscles and ligaments. All these demands can cause fatigue, stress, spasms, tension, pain and discomfort.
Myotherapy can help reduce these symptoms you experience. Soft tissue treatment can provide pain relief, decrease tension and reduce spasms. Prescribed home exercises from your Myotherapist can help reduce reoccurrence of these symptoms throughout your pregnancy by strengthening surrounding structures and stretching tightened muscles and ligaments.
Benefits of Pre-Natal Myotherapy:
–Release muscle tension, headaches or nerve pain, including sciatica
-Improve sacroiliac joint stability and pelvic floor strengthening
-Improve circulation and oxygenation of soft tissue
-Reduce upper and lower back pain, joint pain, stiffness, discomfort and swelling
-Decrease stress and anxiety levels Improve sleep patterns
Back pain is the most common soft tissue complaint during pregnancy. There are a number of reasons for this occurring, including, relaxing ligaments allowing excess joint movement, increasing uterus size and changes in bodies centre of gravity, poor postural habits and nerve impingements. These increase the frequency of muscular spasms and soft tissue pain and discomfort – all of which respond exceptionally well to Myotherapy treatment.
Myotherapy treatment during pregnancy can provide many benefits for women. These include maintaining a healthier pregnancy, relieving aches, pains and discomforts, keeping muscles relaxed, healthy, and functioning optimally, as well as keeping your pregnant body flexible, strong and mobile.
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