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Birth traumas: how to recover safely with postnatal osteopathy

Physically one of the most challenging moments in life, childbirth happens to be ‘traumatic’ for 1 every 3 women. Whether delivery was difficult (even the slightest) and/or c-section was necessary, it is common to end up with what we call birth traumas. Mothers and babies can experience physical and psychological consequences from childbirth, from big or small injuries to postnatal Baby Blues or even depression.

This is why it is important to question yourself on whether your delivery has been traumatic and get help from osteopathy to relieve from physical and emotional traumas.

Childbirth: how to recognise a traumatic delivery?

In most cases, a traumatic delivery will be highly recognisable. Every issue, big or small, happening during delivery can lead to birth traumas.

A traumatic birth can then include:

  • A very fast or very long delivery
  • C-section
  • Breech birth
  • Giving birth to a big and heavy baby
  • The use of obstetrical tools
  • The use of force in order to pull the baby out if a vital danger occurred

What can result from a traumatic birth?

Birth traumas can be various and on different levels. Obviously different depending on each person and situation, some injuries can appear quite common (but not limited to):

  • Musculoskeletal pain and aches
  • Pelvic pain
  • Post c-section scar
  • Post c-section fibrosis
  • Tiredness
  • Stress

Whether you’re experiencing physical pain or emotional tension, post-traumatic birth injuries will automatically lead to an unbalanced body. This is why it is important to work on its whole structure as well as taking care of every trauma you’re going through.

Postnatal osteopathy: your new ally

First of all, and even if you’ve had the most natural and unproblematic delivery, it is always highly advised to request at least one osteopathic assessment after giving birth. This check-up will give you and the osteopath the opportunity to determine if you are experiencing any trauma you might have not noticed and, if you did have a difficult delivery, to diagnose the nature of the problems caused by childbirth.

With gentle techniques, osteopathy in London can reduce your pain and feeling of tension and rebalance your whole body and mind. Specifically tailored to your needs, the type of delivery you experienced and your medical background, you’ll be given a personal treatment program in order to bring harmony back into your body and release any stress or physical discomfort you might be having.

It is important to note that osteopathy can as well have benefits on your baby. With the same aim as postnatal osteopathy on women, paediatric and cranial osteopathy can relieve from tensions in your baby’s body and mind, reducing their irritability or any ache they can feel after childbirth.


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