by Fernando Tassi Salati
In my training and experience as a Manual Practitioner, I’ve seen many women disappointed and frustrated to find that things don’t go back “in place” as quickly and easily as they’d hoped after giving birth, even when they’ve gotten back to a regular exercise routine. Childbirth often leaves women with pelvic floor issues, abdominal separation, low back pain and sacroiliac joint dysfunctions not only right after having the baby but even years after labor.
These issues affect both women who had vaginal delivery and those who delivered through Cesarean section. As a C-section scar heals, it may “stick” to other tissues which can end up affecting the fascia of that area and later causing other problems such as loss of mobility, muscle tone and even organ problems such as difficult digestion.
Low back pain that isn’t attributable to things like a herniated disc, pinched nerve, inflammation or other common causes is the most common recurring issue I see and it is usually linked to abdominal diastasis and pelvic floor issues. Many women later suffer from uncomfortable anal or urinary incontinence, prolapse and organ dysfunctions as a result of this. Prolapse is the slippage of the internal organs that end up protruding through the vagina or anus. Low back pain may also be caused by sacroiliac joint dysfunctions which can lead to the pelvis tilting forward, leading to pain and postural problems.
Abdominal diastasis is an excessive separation of the abdominal muscles due to increased relaxation of the linea alba during pregnancy, which is where the abdominal muscles join together. As the abdomen expands to make room for the baby, the abdominal muscles can separate too far and even tear, causing instability and weakness in the abdomen.
Over time, these types of dysfunctions, if not corrected, can create other imbalances that can lead to joint pain in the lower body and hip pain that can alter gait mechanics and foot strike.
When any of these problems are present, our body tries to adapt in different ways, but when there are too many dysfunctions and imbalances, this is when pain and discomfort can generate.
Most of these problems appear when women start doing some physical activity again after a long period of inactivity. This happens because the body is not used to that type of stress anymore as it has adapted to a more sedentary lifestyle.
One way to avoid these problems is to maintain a frequent, though modified, exercise routine and training during most of pregnancy. After childbirth you should focus on regaining core and pelvic floor strength and stability.
Additionally, osteopathic and naprapathic techniques can help resolve these conditions and restore health, wellness and alignment of the body. These techniques can be helpful both in people with acute or chronic problems and also for those who know the value of maintaining health and ongoing wellness support.
As a Manual Practitioner, I really enjoy helping women suffering from these dysfunctions to regain their strength, mobility and confidence. At Vibrant Life Integrative Wellness, we specialize in women’s wellness and can help by providing an holistic approach that not only alleviates the symptoms, but resolves the root causes.
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