Mom Around Safely, How an Osteopath Can Help


Osteopath, the term floats around loosely in mom groups, but what is it exactly and why is this beneficial for new moms?


Osteopathy Is a none invasive musculoskeletal manual therapy working on improving body mechanics. Can be beneficial from babies to all the ages, complement physical therapy rehabilitation in different stages, sports medicine and athletes.


What are the common reasons you can visit an osteopath during pregnancy?       


SIJ dysfunction (Sacrum Iliac Joint), any symptoms related to lower back pain, sciatica, pubic area pain, hip and knee pain. ( all symptoms normally related to the body mechanics changes and pelvic dilatación process.


What are the common reasons you can see an osteopath after pregnancy? Help the pelvic structure to recover, treat symptoms that been during the pregnancy and due to the continuous mechanical changes didn’t fully recover, pain along the spine due to posture adaptation and caring the newborn as other symptoms related too like shoulder pain, elbow, wrist and thumb tendinitis, knee pain. Baby problems related: breastfeeding ( congenital tortícolis, jaw dysfunction, colics, spine disorders )


5 common postures moms should be wary of:


Breastfeeding, standing carrying the baby, changing diapers, standing sleeping the baby on jumping knees, moving the baby to low areas like the baby bed, sofa, etc. 




Those patents postures create what we call upper cross postures or lower cross posture. As all the ergonomic posture, the problem is not only the posture but the repetition and time you spend on that posture. 


Keep changing is a key tip to avoid symptoms; like when you carrying the baby for example; normally if you stay longer than few minutes in standing position, let say with a good ergonomic posture on your spine your arms will start to be very heavy as the baby weights relay more on your arms, so to avoid have a bad posture, rather you change to a different posture ( have different options ), is not only better for the mother but also for the newborn, changing to one shoulder to the other your baby will need to adapt the head rotation to the posture so helping to stimulate both sides of the spine rotation. 


Having a fittball at home will help you for those baby sleeping times when the bouncing is a key to find those quiet moments and let the baby sleep. Sitting and bouncing is a good core activation, help keep the pelvis in a neutral position and will save your knees from those repetitive bouncing. 


The nature of your body is to adapt to the needs, which is protect and care the baby,  so stay free of pain is very challenging, the mother need take her own time to do some preventative exercises and care about her self. On a daily basis, I will say that is the mindset which will help you to be healthier on your on-going activities with your baby.


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