Gynecological osteopathy is a branch of osteopathy that focuses on women’s health. As in any field of osteopathy, a holistic approach to the woman’s body and specific problems related to the genitourinary system, including those resulting from surgery, are emphasized.
Gynecological osteopathy deals with women before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after delivery, whether it is natural or through a caesarean section. A gynecological osteopath focuses on the internal organs, such as the uterus, ovaries, and bladder, as well as the kidneys, ligamentous, vascular, and lymphatic systems, and muscles. The goal is to provide the best possible therapeutic effect by applying a range of different techniques. Gynecological osteopathy is a broad area that can help women of all ages with a wide range of problems and conditions. Some examples of conditions that can benefit from gynecological osteopathy include problems with fertility, menstrual pain, and irregularities in the menstrual cycle.
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Women’s issues – a special topic
Due to the specific structure of the genital organs, the urogenital system, and the fact that women go through pregnancy and childbirth, their bodies require special treatment. Many chronic female discomforts are often left to women with the message “just get used to it”. Meanwhile, in many cases, an osteopath can be an excellent complement to therapy recommended by a urologist or gynecologist.
Gynecological osteopathy – which organs does it focus on?
Gynecological osteopathy focuses on working with the urogenital system in women at every stage of life. An osteopath works with the area of internal organs such as:
- Ovaries and fallopian tubes
It is worth noting that the therapy involves not only working with the organ itself, but also with the ligamentous, vascular, lymph node, muscle systems, etc. In other words, many different techniques are used in therapy to ensure the best therapeutic effect.
Osteopathic gynecology – when should you see an osteopath?
If you are looking for effective and comprehensive treatment, in addition to visiting a specialist doctor, you should also consider consulting an osteopath. What can you seek help for?
- Fertility issues
Diagnosing fertility problems is a complex and advanced field of science and medicine. An osteopath evaluates whether organs such as the thyroid are well-nourished by arteries. Sometimes, therapy within the thoracic and lumbar spine can improve ovarian function by affecting the autonomic nervous system. There are many areas that can be worked on osteopathically, which combined with therapy from other specialists such as an endocrinologist, gynecologist, psychotherapist, and dietitian, can increase the chances of restoring balance in the body and conceiving a child.
- Pregnancy and postpartum
- Painful periods and menstrual cycle disorders
Painful periods may have their origin in endocrine disorders, as well as tensions that arise between organs such as the uterus, bladder, or rectum. Therapy also acts on multiple levels. The osteopath works with the muscle-fascial system, as well as the endocrine system, affecting the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, thyroid, adrenal glands, and ovaries.
- Painful intercourse
There can be several causes of painful intercourse. Each patient should also be under the care of a gynecologist and, if the pain has a psychosomatic basis, a psychologist or psychiatrist. The osteopath can help with excessive tension in the pelvic floor muscles, as well as neuralgia of the pudendal nerve. During therapy, the position of the individual structures and organs relative to each other is checked, and they are mobilized and relaxed.
Other conditions that can be treated with osteopathy include:
- premenstrual tension syndrome,
- polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),
- urinary system problems – recurrent infections,
- recurrent vaginal infections,
- pudendal nerve neuralgia,
- post-cesarean section states,
- postoperative states (after the removal of polyps, fibroids, adhesions, and tumors).