Hello from Meadowside Osteopathy! Here we understand that post-partum can be a
daunting time. But one thing that is massively underestimated is self-care. Babies can still
take priority but it’s just as important to look after yourself. We can help in so many ways,
even if you just want some reassurance or a phone call there is always someone here to
Welcoming a new life into the world is a beautiful and transformative experience, but
postpartum is always a challenging time, you’re not alone! The physical (and sometimes
emotional) toll of pregnancy and childbirth can leave lasting effects on the body, making
proper postpartum care essential. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of postpartum
care and how osteopathy serves as a valuable partner in promoting recovery and overall
Understanding Postpartum Care:
The postpartum period, often referred to as the “fourth trimester,” extends from childbirth to
the first few months after delivery. However, we’d be happy to see you at any time regarding
postpartum concerns. During this time, a woman’s body undergoes significant changes, both
hormonal and physical. Adequate care during this phase is crucial for addressing issues
such as muscle imbalances, pelvic floor dysfunction, and spinal misalignments. Although
being ‘aligned’ is very textbook and not very Osteopathy, the changes that your body goes
through during pregnancy can often lead to the feeling of misalignment, however, we’re here
to reassure you that alignment isn’t key, but structure is often key to the way we function.
Often it can be simple changes that make the difference!
Osteopathy’s Role in Postpartum Recovery:
- Pelvic Floor Restoration: Osteopathic techniques focus on restoring pelvic floor
strength and function. This is particularly important for mothers who may
experience issues such as incontinence or discomfort due to weakened pelvic
- Spinal Alignment and Posture Improvement: Pregnancy can lead to changes
in posture. Osteopathic adjustments and treatment help us to rebalance and
function as a whole again-relieving tension and discomfort. Improved posture
contributes to reduced back pain and enhanced overall well-being.
- Abdominal Recovery: Osteopathic practitioners use gentle techniques to
support the healing of the abdominal muscles. This is beneficial for mothers
recovering from both vaginal and caesarean deliveries, helping to regain core
strength and stability.
- Stress Reduction: Osteopathy recognizes the mind-body connection, and gentle
manipulations can aid in releasing tension and promoting relaxation. Managing
stress is crucial for overall postpartum well-being. Cranial Osteopathy can be
particularly useful regarding stress and sleeping concerns. See more about
cranial Osteopathy here: https://meadowsideosteopathy.co.uk/cranial-osteopathy/
- Comprehensive Care for Whole-body Healing: Osteopathy’s holistic approach
means that practitioners assess and address the body’s overall health. By
identifying and resolving imbalances, restrictions, or discomfort throughout the
body, osteopathic care supports a comprehensive healing process.
The postpartum period is a time of adjustment and recovery, and prioritising self-care is
essential for mothers looking to regain their vitality and well-being. Osteopathy stands as a
valuable partner in this journey, offering gentle and effective interventions to address the
unique challenges that arise after childbirth. By embracing osteopathic care, new mothers
can unlock their post-partum potential, promoting a healthier, more comfortable transition
into this new chapter of life.
Talk to Us
If there’s anything you’d like to discuss with our Osteopaths, you can make an appointment now for a FREE 15-minute telephone or in-person consultation here: https://meadowsideosteopathy.co.uk/book-online/.
We are delighted to share that our practice director and osteopath, Orit, has officially been acknowledged as a ‘Recognised Practitioner’ with Pelvic Partnership.
Pelvic Partnership is a charity offering information and support to women and healthcare professionals regarding best practices for the treatment and management of pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain (PGP).
Their mission is to empower women to access the right treatment for their needs, so they can be more comfortable throughout their pregnancy, rather than putting up with the pain.