Research has shown that up to 80% of pregnant women experience mechanical back pain and pelvic girdle pain, including pubic symphysis dysfunction. The cardiovascular system undergoes many changes during pregnancy, including an increase in extracellular fluid volume, a rise in heart rate, and an alteration in the orientation of the axis of the heart. Changes in the gastrointestinal system may lead to constipation and a slower transit of food residue in the gut. Osteopathic visceral and functional techniques can be invaluable during pregnancy. However, because the positions of the organs change due to the pressure of the rising uterus, the usual visceral techniques can be difficult to apply. This two-day course will demonstrate techniques that can be applied to supporting somatic and fascial structures to minimize adverse changes experienced during pregnancy. Structural techniques, including small-lever energetic impulse techniques, will be demonstrated and practiced, with a focus on the safety and comfort of both the mother and child.
Prerequisite: Some experience in functional and myofascial techniques will be beneficial.