A colleague sent me a link to an article in The Nursing Times on how effective osteopathy can be in reducing back pain in mothers post-delivery. Eighty women, all of whom had had low back pain for between 3 and 15 months (i.e. their pain had become quite established) took part in the study. They were split into 2 groups. One group had 4 sessions of osteopathy, 2 weeks apart, the other (the control group) carried on as normal.
On average, patients who received osteopathy reported a 73% decrease in pain, compared to only 7% in the control group.
Jennifer Caudle, assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, said: “Women who’ve recently given birth are rarely studied beyond screening for postpartum depression and delivery complications, even though it’s well documented that low back pain is a common issue that hinders their quality of life during an already stressful time.”
As well as reducing low-back pain, using osteopathy instead of pain-killers means that there is zero risk of breast-feeding mothers passing on the medication through their breast-milk.
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Here’s a link to a science journal that ran the research by Jennifer Caudle http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150630141713.htm. If you have a subscription you can access it via the Nursing Times website http://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/specialisms/pain-management/osteopathy-may-reduce-lower-back-pain-in-new-mothers/5087358.article?blocktitle=News&contentID=3855