Experiences of pregnant women receiving osteopathic care
Sheraton, A, Streckfuss, J & Grace, S 2018, 'Experiences of pregnant women receiving osteopathic care', Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 321-327.
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The state of women's health during pregnancy and in the post-natal period can have profound and longterm effects on their own health and that of their children. Women are increasingly seeking complementary and alternative therapies during pregnancy. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of women who received osteopathic treatment during pregnancy.
Method: This phenomenological study used semi-structured interviews with pregnant patients who were undergoing osteopathic care in northern NSW and south-east Queensland, Australia. Data were analysed thematically.
Results: Osteopathic care provided symptom relief, particularly for low back and pelvic pain. Participants wanted a natural childbirth with minimal medical intervention if possible. Osteopathic care was perceived as helping prepare women's bodies for birth and in so doing helped alleviate anxieties associated with childbirth and with entering the mainstream medical system.
Conclusions: Pregnant women receiving osteopathic care reported experiencing physical and mental health benefits both during pregnancy and in the post-natal period.