Postpartum depression can be treated with osteopathy

There are times when, once the baby has come into the world, the mother takes a back seat. After nine months of being the protagonist, all the lights now shine on the baby and everything revolves around him. It is a normal and unintended fact, but there are mothers who do not get along, and if in addition to this situation is added the hormonal imbalance, physical appearance and the responsibility that comes with having a child, the mother may feel a little overcome.

60-80 percent of women who have given birth report great sadness, but this disappears with the days. However, 20 percent of moms suffer from postpartum depression. Generally, treating depression focuses on the emotional realm, but it is possible that the origin of it is further away, in the sacrum.

To answer this question, you have to be in the field of Osteopathy, a manual medicine that takes the body as a whole. It is based on the belief that all the systems of the body are related and, therefore, disorders in one system affect the functioning of the others. The frontal lobe and its prefronto-sub-cortical connections participate in the organization of the human being's state of mind. The sacrum and the bones of the skull are united thanks to the medullary canal. This cranial-sacral system houses the dura, a thick and impermeable membrane that protects the nervous system, that is, the spinal cord, the brain and the nerves that carry impulses from the brain to the rest of the body and vice versa, and which also manufactures, distributes and reabsorbs the cerebrospinal fluid CSF.

Following the maxim that a problem in one system can affect another, we can extrapolate it to the fact that a lesion in the sacrum can affect the brain. Let's visualize the following, the sacrum and the bones are united by the marrow, by modifying one of the two ends (sacrum), it tightens the marrow and modifies the other end (bones of the skull). Therefore, it may happen that muscles, ligaments and viscera will be affected. An injury to the sacrum consequently modifies the frontal bone and, by proximity, the frontal lobe where the area of ​​emotion is located.

How is the sacrum affected in childbirth? During a delivery, two main factors can affect the sacrum: a lithotomy delivery (gynecological examination position) or the baby's passage through the birth canal to the outside. Both situations they can exert great pressure on the sacrum and modify it. In lithotomy deliveries, many impacted sacrals are seen. The impact occurs when, due to the position of the mother and the force when pushing against the hard stretcher, the sacrum moves inward, into the iliacs. Treatment is based on structural osteopathic techniques that normalize the sacrum and cranial techniques to normalize the structures and allow the CSF to flow normally. The results are very effective and it does not hurt, when a woman feels depression after childbirth, look beyond, look at her globality.

Marián Zamora Saborit
Pilates Technician
Psychomotor in Early Childhood Education

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