Epidural point

Osteopathy & Pain at epidural point, London Osteopath


  • Sore point at the level of epidural injection
  • Diffused pain in the area of epidural injection
  • Sore point at the level of epidural injection during movements (bend forward or arched back)




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Why do I have pain at epidural point?

The epidural is administrated to reduce the strain during labour. Firstly, the anaesthesiologist will anesthetize the skin in the area where he will do the epidural. Secondly, he will introduce the needle deeply within the spine and outside of the dura mater (membrane which protects the spinal nerves) in the epidural space.

The anaesthesiologist might have to repeat the operation because one of the both sides of the body was not well anesthetized. Thus, this can make the manoeuvre less comfortable for the woman.
In most cases, women recover a good sensibility after the childbirth after few hours, but it depends on the individual.

Nevertheless, for some women, a pain still is present at the level of epidural injection after the childbirth for months/year bothering some movements.

Why does the pain last so long after giving birth?
As we know, deliveries are different for everyone with different methods of birth delivery, length of labour and sensitivity to the epidural. For each case, the epidural leads to a modification of the soft tissues, which react against this invasion.
At superficial level, the skin, which has been anesthetized, reacts by modifying the quality of the tissue and presents certain tenderness. Deeper, the product injected leads to a modification of the tension of the small muscles and membranes of the vertebra. The vertebra is also disturbed in its balance.

Can osteopathy help me with pain at epidural point?

The osteopath will work with gentle movements on the painful point/area giving relevant information about the different tissues, releasing the tensions on the small muscles, superficial and deep membranes that have been disturbed by the injection.
Finally, by rebalancing the pelvis/spine areas, the osteopath will realign your body by releasing the general persistent tensions.

article by James Turgis Chartered Physiotherapist

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