A non-invasive form of therapy that is drug-free, osteopathy focuses on improving the body’s overall nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems by strengthening and manipulating the musculoskeletal framework. This involves the application of different techniques when stretching, massaging or manipulating the body’s spinal region and soft tissue. But how does it benefit new mums?
For starters, postnatal osteopathic treatments may help manage tensions and strains in the pelvis, upper and lower back. In some cases, engaging an osteopath during pregnancy may also help ease the discomfort of childbirth and improve postnatal recovery.
“Your osteopath can help ease discomfort and help the body’s own healing mechanism by maximising the body’s ability to adjust to these changes as efficiently as possible. On top of this, an osteopath can also help with prevention of aches and pains by giving exercises and advice to help accommodate for new postures and habits, such as De Quervain’s tenosynovitis (inflammation of thumb tendon) from holding and carrying your baby for long hours,” says Lorene Dawance, an osteopath with Edge Healthcare.
So what can we expect during an osteopathy session? According to Lorene, patients will undergo a thorough biomechanical assessment that looks at posture and movement and compensatory patterns.
“Once we have an idea of what is going on, we start treatment which may include techniques such as mobilisations, soft tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, stretching, and joint manipulations. Your osteopath will also give you advice on exercises, stretches and other information such as ideal feeding positions, pillows to use or preferred carriers that will provide physical support.”
If you’re thinking of including osteopathic treatments in your postpartum recovery plan, then bookmark these six clinics located mainly in central Singapore.