Written by: Kat Friesen CAT(C), Osteopathy (current studies)
Certified Athletic Therapist
What a lot of people fail to acknowledge is the magnitude of work the body goes through during those labourous hours in the delivery room. It’s an equivalent to running a marathon for many, which poses the question of “why don’t we train for birth?” For an act deemed worthy of a marathon, something very few if any would attempt after sitting on the couch for who knows how long, why not train for it to make both the process and the recovery easier?
Using Osteopathic techniques during pregnancy allows your body to be in an ideal position to carry the baby. This includes testing the position, mobility and vitality of the pelvis as well as the contributing areas. By aligning the pelvis, normalizing the pelvic floor and assuring proper alignment of the spine (to minimize that pesky low back pain), we are now allowing the baby to develop in a balanced body. Creating this balance in the mothers’ body will allow for easier movement and a decrease in aches and pains that are usually associated with pregnancy.
Once the body is aligned and balanced Athletic Therapy allows for personalized strengthening exercises to prepare the body for the upcoming marathon. One of the best things you can do during pregnancy is to keep moving! Even though you will most likely feel a decrease in energy it is important to keep your body strong to not only help with birth but to help your body recover after. The exercises do not need to be intense and exhausting, the main goal is to keep you strong. Some good examples of at home exercises include squatting down to a chair and using your legs to stand back up, table or couch push ups, standing hip mobility moving one leg backward, to the side and forward in a slow and controlled movement, using soup cans to do some forward and side raises. For more ideas or a more personalized strengthening program come see us at Insahyu!