How osteopathy can help after a C-section

Osteopathy and the treatment of a c-section scar
By Sara Castoldi

Recovering from a C-section usually takes longer than recovering from a vaginal delivery. Most women experience some discomfort for the first few days and it can last several weeks.

Osteopathy and the treatment of a c-section scar

When is a C-section recommended?

According to statistics over a quarter of women in the UK have their babies brought into the world by a C-section, a rate that continues to increase year by year. A caesarean may be recommended as a planned procedure or done in an emergency situation where a vaginal birth is considered too risky. An emergency procedure may be considered if;

Your baby is in the breech position
You have a low-lying placenta
You have pregnancy-related high blood pressure
Your baby is not getting enough oxygen or nutrients
Your labour is not progressing as it should

Early stages of recovery

The wound in your tummy will eventually form a scar. This will usually be a horizontal scar (about 10 to 20 cm long), just below your bikini line.

You can speed up recovery time by staying active. Gentle stretching and a gentle daily stroll will reduce the risk of blood clots during recovery. You should be able to hold and carry your baby, but you may not be able to resume your usual daily tasks straight away, such as driving, exercising or carrying heavy weights.

Long-term effects

Not many women are told about the long-term impact of a C-section scar and the effects it can have on your body long after the wound has healed. Many women suffer with both local and further reaching pain following a caesarean, including pelvic pain and lower back pain. Seeking help from a qualified therapist is key to your recovery. In fact, osteopathic scar treatment can be effective with chronic pain patterns and impaired mobility.

Osteopathic treatment

Manual gentle stretches and localised soft tissue work help to remodel the scar tissue by promoting the release of collagen fibres as well as the vascular and lymphatic supply to the area. This will improve the flexibility of the scar and prevent range of movement restrictions in your joints caused by the scar tissue adhering to the underlying structures.

Thus, direct treatment to the scar tissue itself will help to improve the symptoms of back and pelvic girdle pain. It is not always easy to recognise that your scar is linked to the back pain, but if you are experiencing back pain and are have previously undergone a caesarean section, it may be worth considering. Therefore,  we recommend consulting with a professional who will conduct a thorough assessment and devise a treatment plan tailored to you and your symptoms.


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