Osteopathy in Peri-conceptual care and Pregnancy.


Osteopathic evaluation and principles of treatment are gentle, specific to your individual health needs and tailored to a precise and comprehensive understanding of your presenting symptoms, underlying health and well-being.


Osteopathy for Peri-conceptual care:

 A comprehensive case history enables couples experiencing difficulty in achieving conception to discuss their concerns and allows the Osteopath time to explore your health from an Osteopathic perspective along with gentle examination using the principles of treatment unique to Osteopathy.

Some Osteopaths have undertaken specialised post-graduate training in Cranial Osteopathic techniques, using the gentle and wise palpation of the hands to know where there may be restriction or ‘blocks’ in the anatomy and physiology which may prevent optimal expression of health.  Osteopathic techniques can be helpful in understanding why a couple may be experiencing difficulty in achieving conception and support the health in such a manner that any disturbance in normal physiology may be alleviated and resolved. Nutritional and exercise advice may form part of your Osteopathic care.


Osteopathy for Pregnancy:

Osteopathic principles of treatment can be used to support conditions of pregnancy where the physiology of mother and baby is making rapid changes as the baby is developing;  often accompanied by changes in mother’s posture.


Osteopaths seek to assess the health of the body by applying specialised gentle touch called palpation to receive information from your body about how it is functioning and support any adaptations your body is making in your physiology to accommodate to the baby. Using these skills, an Osteopath may be able to explain to you why the spine is becoming uncomfortable;  to alleviate bladder irritability or digestive difficulty such as heartburn or nausea and how body changes in your posture can be supported through gentle Osteopathic techniques; show you relaxation exercises, postural techniques and nutritional advice during this important time.


Osteopathy can be helpful where a mother has experienced miscarriage by supporting the body’s physiology and providing emotional care for your well-being.


Often overlooked, is the Osteopath’s work is in the care of women experiencing ‘pubic symphysis dysfunction’ otherwise known as ‘pelvic girdle dysfunction’.  During the different stages of pregnancy and baby’s growth, the pelvic girdle and spine adapt accordingly. These natural changes can become more difficult if there are underlying strains in the body making it harder for the body to adapt easily. The Osteopath can use gentle techniques to enable release of strain and restriction so the body can make these natural changes more comfortably.


What to expect?

A gentle, detailed and comprehensive case history is taken to understand your presenting symptoms, underlying health and medical history. Time is taken to discuss your concerns about your health and to explore them fully with your Osteopath. You may be asked to undress to your underwear for physical examination. A chaperone can be arranged. Time is taken to gently examine and assess your posture, musculo-skeletal  and underlying health, using  clinical tests and the gentle palpation skills of an Osteopath. Your Osteopath will use gentle Osteopathic treatment principles tailored specific to your health needs. You may wish your Osteopath to contact your midwife, GP or health visitor to share relevant information for your optimal health. You would be asked for your written consent for such contact.

Carolyn McGregor is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and a Registered Homoeopath with the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH)

Osteopaths complete four or five years full-time training with comprehensive study of anatomy and dissection, physiology, pathology, neurology, clinical medicine and Osteopathic principles and practice alongside completion of thousands of hours of clinical training prior to graduation.

In the UK, Osteopaths must be Registered with the General Osteopathic Council and adhere to a strict code of ethics, hold professional insurance and be committed to their continued professional training and development.

Carolyn McGregor is an experienced Osteopath specialised in the Osteopathic care of women in pregnancy, labour and post-partum, the new-born and older child; has undertaken extensive post-graduate training and teaching in the area of Osteopathy in Obstetrics and Paediatrics and specialises in Cranial Osteopathy in this field.

Contact: Carolyn McGregor BSc(Ost.).,BA Div (Hons)., Licentiate of Homoeopathy, MARH., Telephone: 07766330489

Practice: The Trinity Centre, 25 Chywoone Hill, Newlyn. Penzance. Cornwall. TR18 5AR

More info:

www.osteopathy.org.uk (General Osteopathic Council)

http://www.cranial.co.uk (The Sutherland Society for Cranial Osteopathy)

http://www.homeopathy-soh.org (Society of Homeopaths)