By Clara Yan, D.O.M.P., D.Sc.O
Osteopathic care after delivering your baby can be very beneficial for you. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use gentle, subtle techniques to help realign different systems within your body including the musculoskeletal system, digestive system, urogenital system, nervous system, and many more. Osteopathy uses the sense of palpation to feel for different movements (or lack thereof) to revitalize and relieve pain and discomfort.
Over the course of the past nine months, your body has gone through many changes. The uterus has been growing in your belly for nine months, which not only means it has been pushing organs to the side and releasing hormones to allow for your pelvis to expand and prepare for labour, but your center of gravity has changed too. Changing your center of gravity changes the way you walk, stand, and sit. Hormones were released; joints and ligaments become more relaxed as you prepare to deliver. Now your body needs to recover. Over the next few weeks, your body will transform back to how you were pre-pregnancy. However, you may feel like you are still out of alignment. Tasks such as leaning forward to pick up your newborn, feeding, or giving your baby a bath can seem difficult and put a lot of pressure on your back. An osteopathic manual practitioner will focus on realigning your body to ensure that your structural-self can handle simple tasks such as picking up a toy from the floor to your digestive-self to ensure that your body is healthy enough to feed and care for your newborn.
If you had a caesarean section, seeking out professional care is very beneficial. Scars heal by creating adhesions within the fascias that surround the muscles and organs. These adhesions restrict motion and can alter function within the abdominal cavity. Since fascia runs in every direction, scars can follow the same pattern. Seeking out an osteopathic manual practitioner can help to decrease the healing time and allow for the tissue to become more supple and mobile. This will allow for the surrounding structures to also become more mobile and better able to function optimally.
An osteopathic manual practitioner works holistically in order to help realign not only the musculoskeletal system, but deeper too. It is important to address every aspect of the body including the emotional and physical being. Osteopathic manual practitioners are able to help guide the body back to health.
I look forward to meeting you and your newborn soon!