Osteopathic manipulative therapy improves low back pain in post partum women
According to a new study by German researchers, over 70% decrease in postpartum low back pain in women by Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMTh) has been reported.
Eighty women complaining of low back pain, three to 15 months postpartum were surveyed in this 8-week, pragmatic randomized controlled study. Four OMTh treatments at two week intervals were given to the women in study group while the women in the control group were not given OMTh as well as any other pain reliving medication or therapy.
The study group had 73% decrease in pain as compared to only 7% in the control group as evaluated by a 10-point Visual Analogue Scale.
Postpartum depression and delivery complications are the major studies done in the women who have recently given birth. According to Jennifer Caudle, DO, assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, low back pain is one of the universal issues which hamper the quality of life of women during an already stressful time. Osteopathic manipulative therapy can relieve their pain without medication and their side effects to breastfeeding infant.
Fifty percent of pregnant women are likely to experience some kind of lower back pain either during or after pregnancies and the symptoms may start during the first trimester, during labor or in the postpartum period.
Additional training in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness or injury with OMT is given to the physicians or Dos in the United States. Osteopathic techniques like stretching, gentle pressure and resistance are used by these licensed physicians. OMT, when appropriate, can be accompanied or replaced with drugs or surgery, adding an extra feather to standard medical care.