Guest Blog by Almscliffe Osteopathy…
If, like me, you have young children and a busy life to juggle, you may find little time to focus on yourself. This year, I decided to allocate a bit of precious time to ‘me’; to get fitter, stronger and to generally look after myself.
However, this is not as straightforward as it seems. If you are a mum, from the moment pregnancy begins, our bodies undergo huge physical changes and have to adapt to the demands of the growing baby. Pregnancy hormones allow ligaments to soften, enabling adaptation in the curvature of the spine, and allowing the pelvis to enlarge and tilt to balance the growing bump. All our muscles have to work harder. Pregnancy is an incredible journey, and giving birth, whether it be naturally or assisted, is an epic feat of physical endurance!
The challenge to our bodies continues after the baby arrives, with new physical demands. We spend the next five years or so bending, lifting and twisting into awkward positions. We have very little time, or energy, to put into allowing and assisting our body to recover and repair. So when we make that New Year’s Resolution to ‘get fit’ it is not surprising that we find it difficult and may experience aches and pains.
In my clinic, I see many mothers, sometimes decades down the line, with back and pelvic pain that can be traced back to pregnancy and childbirth. Often the pelvis has failed to return to the correct “neutral position” and this, in turn, can affect the spinal alignment, leading to back problems. If this is the case, exercise can exacerbate the problem and cause pain. It is possible to fall into a vicious cycle where the inability to exercise, due to pain, causes the back to weaken. Weight gain can occur and the pain increases. The cycle needs to be broken to get back on track.
This is where Osteopathic assessment and treatment can help. Osteopaths look at the body as a ‘whole’, identifying where there is good function and areas where there is dysfunction, addressing the interaction between these. After a thorough examination the Osteopath will aim to restore good function throughout. This involves hands-on treatment and advice on safe exercise and stretching.
So, don’t let those niggles stop you achieving your New Year goals!
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