Postpartum changes to the body
The birth, and the period after the birth can have a significant impact on the female body. The woman's body overcomes the structural limits to which she was accustomed to throughout pregnancy. The physiological, and structural demands on the body during childbirth can be compared with that of a sporting performance of a high-level sportsperson.
Finding its own balance after childbirth can be a challenge, given all of the demands, changes and adaptions the body has faced over the last 9 months. An extremely important recovery phase must follow and it is worthy of attention.
Osteopathy in the postpartum and breastfeeding periods can help speed up this recovery and reduce aches and pains that can often appear during this delicate phase.
What does the osteopath do?
Osteopathy treatment will take into consideration the different physiological effects to the viscera, circulatory and lymphatic systems that pregnancy and childbirth has had on the body. Treatment has the overall aim to rebalance the musculoskeletal system including the pelvic floor weaknesses and urinary disorders. Breastfeeding and different stages of this will play a part on how the mother is feeling. Treatment will aim to reduce discomfort but work alongside the amazing process the female body undergoes.
Another point on which the osteopath works with particular attention is the diaphragm, that has been working hard and well but has also been compressed by the growth of the foetus. The manipulations and massage of the diaphragm allows a better respiratory functionality, fundamental during and after the birth to help the mother release physical and emotional tension. A diaphragm that has more movement will support contractions; alleviate pain, oxygenate the whole organism, therefore allowing the whole system to work in a more effective way.
It has often been observed that gynaecological problems (endometriosis, ovulatory pain or pelvic infections of various kinds) can present as pains in the pelvis and vertebral column as the main complaint by the patient.
This is due to the "viscero-somatic reflexes" that involve the spinal segments responsible for the innervation of the viscera and also the muscles in the spine and pelvis. Osteopaths will work on the symptomatic muscles and joints in the spine and pelvis in order to reduce somatic dysfunctions deriving from the visceral-somatic reflexes. This gives the osteopathic approach a unique advantage in the management of patients with gynaecological and obstetric problems.
Tips from the osteopath Prenatal and Postnatal:
- Take care of your back during pregnancy, especially when you find yourself having to lift or carry even small weights, especially if you have to hold other children.
- Contract the buttocks if you remain standing for a long time; this is to reduce tension on the lower back.
- In a sitting position, use a cushion as a support and do not sit with your legs crossed.
- Some twisting movements can create tension in the pelvis, practise them with your osteopth.
- In order not to load the back, lie in lateral decubitus position in bed, and place a pillow under the pelvis and one between the knees. If you prefer to lie on your back, place cushions under your knees to keep them folded.
- Make sure that the wheelchair, the stroller, and the floor for changing children are positioned at a height that is easy for you.
What to do next
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Testimonials for pregnancy & newborn osteopathy
My baby cried pretty much continuously for the first 4 weeks of his life (in between extensive and voracious feeding). I was told that he had reflux but mothers’ instinct steered me toward finding other answers and treatment. I had heard about the benefits of cranial osteopathy and thankfully found Noemi. Her treatment was gentle and non-evasive but the effect on my son was immediate and dramatic. After only a couple of sessions he could be on his back without crying, his feeding regulated, his sleeping improved and his little clenched fists began to unfurl. I would recommend Noemi to any new mum (and often do).
I had back pain during the last trimester of pregnancy and Noemi greatly improved my symptoms and also helped me prepare for childbirth. I learned a great deal about how the various areas of the body make cross-references and I am always impressed by the knowledge and ability of the Naomi to get to the root of the problem, rather than cure the symptoms.
Our son was 6 months old. He had a case of flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly). Throught cranial osteopathy he now has a beautiful round head. The suggested course of treatments worked. The communication thought out the process was flawless. We are grateful to Noemi and the team and recommend them highly.
Noemi's treatments have helped my family immeasurably. Her newborn check-ups and treatments worked wonders on both my children's digestive issues, breathing and sleep, and she has helped me with numerous issues such as back and neck pain and for musculoskeletal problems during pregnancy. Her ability to target the root cause of the issue and alleviate pain is real. I can't recommend her highly enough
I originally brought my daughter to Noemi at a few weeks of age for osteopathy to help with colic as well as slight torticollis. After our first session there was drastic improvement. After each session we noticed a difference.
Noemi managed to diagnose old sporting injuries and really find the root of the problem, which was not necessarily what I thought was the root. Since then my wife has also started seeing Noemi for post natal treatment combined with personal training. The expertise, professionalism and outstanding results from the team at Get Strong has made a drastic improvement to all of our lives, probably the best choice and best decision we have made in terms of physical wellbeing and health.