Embarazo y osteopatía

Uno de los tipos de pacientes que más frecuenta mi consulta son las embarazadas. Hay algo mágico en tratar a una persona que está creando en ese mismo momento una nueva persona dentro de sí. La experiencia clínica nos aporta información de los beneficios que obtienen del tratamiento osteopático.

Hoy os comparto este artículo: Experiences of Pregnant Women Receiving Osteopathic Care

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Experiences of Pregnant Women Receiving Osteopathic Care

Anna SheratonJulie Streckfuss, Sandra Grace

Abstract The state of women's health during pregnancy and in the post-natal period can have profound and long-term effects on their own health and that of their children. Women are increasingly seeking complementary and alternative therapies during pregnancy. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of women who received osteopathic treatment during pregnancy. Method:

This phenomenological study used semi-structured interviews with pregnant patients who were undergoing osteopathic care in northern NSW and south-east Queensland, Australia. Data were analysed thematically. Results:

Osteopathic care provided symptom relief, particularly for low back and pelvic pain. Participants wanted a natural childbirth with minimal medical intervention if possible. Osteopathic care was perceived as helping prepare women's bodies for birth and in so doing helped alleviate anxieties associated with childbirth and with entering the mainstream medical system. Conclusions:

This research focuses on the patient's experience of pregnant women receiving osteopathic care. For the women in the study, osteopathic care provided both physical and mental health benefits during pregnancy, labour, and in the post-birth recovery period. Participants reported relief from low back and pelvic pain associated with pregnancy. They chose osteopathic care because it was perceived as a gentle manual therapy and supportive of a natural approach to pregnancy and childbirth, that is, a pregnancy with minimal medical intervention. Osteopathic care could also relieve anxiety and fear about birth through its perceived structural ‘preparation’ of the body for pregnancy. Osteopaths and patients views about health care were often aligned, thereby promoting patients' confidence in their ability to have minimal medical intervention in the birthing process, in cases of uncomplicated delivery. Further research investigating the validity of participants' perceptions is warranted. Keywords: Osteopathic medicine; Perinatal; Phenomenology; Pregnancy.