An Roobaert has been our colleague for the past few years and we happily refer to her when there are physical complaints during pregnancy or after the birth. On Mondays she is working at our practice in Molenbeek. Other appointments can be booked at her own practice in Halle (Vondel 8, 1500 Halle).
An Roobaert: 'I completed my studies as a physiotherapist in 1999. After that, I followed the fulltime training osteopathy at 'The International Academy of Osteopathy' where I obtained my degree as osteopath DO-MROB. As my passion to work with babies and children grew, I entered the postgraduate training 'Osteopathy for babies and children' with Pantha Rhei in the Netherlands (2008-2010)".
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a treating method where soft and manual techniques are used to trace and treat loss of movement. The purpose of the treatment is to recover the balance in the body. The osteopath focuses in the first place on the origin of this loss of movement.
Osteopathy for the mother
Women can experience loss of movement or blockages in their back or pelvis during or shortly after pregnancy. With osteopathy we aim to support the body during pregnancy to ease discomfort and take away pain. This way, we try to give the baby as much space as needed, as well relieve maternal pressure/pain around the pelvis, thorax and spine.
Osteopathy for babies
During pregnancy and birth, certain pressures and forces can be too big and cause tension in your baby (this does not always recover naturally). In these cases, osteopathy can be recommended with following complications:
Abnormal position of the baby (breech, face-up,...)
Difficult turning of the baby at birth or a difficult delivery of the shoulders
Cord around the baby's neck
Ventouse or forceps delivery
In case of loss of movement, these can be loosened with very soft techniques (light mobilisation), always respecting the baby. During birth, every baby experiences compression. Normally, this compression has naturally recovered around six weeks postpartum. It is therefore recommended to plan a general check-up by your osteopath around that time.