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Osteopathy helps new mums cope with low back pain

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Women who’ve recently given birth can get a big health boost from osteopathy. The therapy can dramatically reduce low back pain-one of the most common problems that new mums experience.

The therapy can lower low back pain by as much as 73 per cent, a new study has found. In the study, 80 women with low back pain, and who had recently given birth, had four osteopathic treatments or ‘dummy’ treatments over an eight-week period.

Using pain measurement scales, researchers from the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in the US discovered that those who had proper osteopathy reported a 73 decrease in pain, but those who had dummy treatment experienced just a 7 per cent reduction.

The researchers say that women who have recently given birth are monitored for depression, and any back pain is usually treated with some painkillers-but the chemical compounds in them can be passed to the baby from breast milk. Instead, osteopathy offers an effective and drug-free way to solve the problem.

Around half of all women who have recently given birth suffer from chronic low back pain.

(Source: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 2015; 115(7): 416)

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