Osteopathy and Postpartum Women

Apart from tiredness new mums often experience low back pain, upper back, neck and shoulder pain.

They may also suffer from Diastasis Recti: the abdominal muscles undergo extreme stretching during pregnancy with the main area being the centre part of the superficial abdominal muscles. When the two sides of these muscles called rectus abdomini move away from the midline and don’t quite come back after the birth of the baby, it is called diastasis recti. It can cause low back and pelvic pain as the abdominal muscles offer less support. Osteopathic treatment and the right kind of exercises can help.

Pelvic adhesions (abnormal bands of tissue that may form after surgery and may connect or compress pelvic organs and tissues that normally are separate) may form after a C-section and can sometimes cause pelvic pain (cramping), more rarely infertility and bowel obstruction. Osteopathy can help with reducing the adhesions and their effects.

“Postnatal posture”, resulting from the altered mechanics, tissue stresses of pregnancy and from the birth process itself, might not self-correct after delivery and can lead to low back, pelvic, hip and pubic pain. Ultimately it can have a detrimental effect on the pelvic floor muscles, leading to incontinence and organ prolapse. Osteopathic treatment and exercise rehabilitation can help with these issues.