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Repairing the uterus after C-section

Who is talking about healing C-sections?

The rate of C-section in our modern world is extraordinary. C-section is one of the most common surgeries in the world. In Australia 1/3 of all births are a C-section. However there are relatively few people talking about healing after C-section. But why is this important?

During a C-section, the lower abdomen is cut, the baby or babies are retrieved. The uterus is then put back in place and we are sewn up. During the healing process, our bodies create scar tissue.

There are 2 issues here to address. The first is the effect scar tissue has on our blood and lymph flow, as well as the surrounding organs. The second is how our ligaments, which hold our organs in place, are faring after pregnancy and surgery.

Scar tissue

Unfortunately scar tissue formed after a C-section can attach the uterus to the bladder and other structures in the pelvic region. This causes reduced blood flow to the area, lymphatic congestion and the inability of organs to function properly. Some symptoms that may be experienced include:

  • Bladder incontinence
  • Pain in the lower back or pelvic region
  • Reduced sensation below scar
  • Sexual dissatisfaction
  • Difficulty conceiving

Ligaments

The uterus is held in place by muscles and ligaments. During pregnancy these ligaments stretch to allow the fetus to grow and the bladder to move. Weakening and loosing of these ligaments cause the uterus to tilt forward, back or to the side. A mal-positioned uterus can cause numerous physical and side emotional effects by disrupting blood and lymph flow and nerve connections.

Why? It restricts blood circulation and lymphatic flow to the pelvic region, wreaking havoc on hormonal balance, bowel movements, urination, blood flow to the legs.

If blood flow is not optimal, it stagnates. The tissues in the area are not supplied with fresh blood, instead old blood congeals. If the lymphatic flow is restricted, tissue waste product is not transported away. Nerve endings, if constricted, can cause pain.

The functioning of our internal organs can be compromised if they lose the ability to move freely. Stress and tension tighten the muscles fibers which affects the blood flow, and therefore nutrients to nourish our tissues. The lymph removes the waste from the tissues, and if the lymph system is not flowing properly, waste builds up.

What can be done about this?

C-section recovery program

The C-section recovery program combines a number of modalities to enhance healing and repair the pelvic region. Treatments focus on relaxing adhesions, lymphatic drainage, improving blood circulation to muscles, ligaments and organs. This improves the functioning of the organs in the pelvic region. If the hormonal system has been disrupted it may help balance the hormones and therefore improve mood and physical symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance.

When to start therapy?

Usually treatment can start 6-8 weeks after a C-section. However therapy on C-Section scars can be done years after surgery. The effects of treatment can be quite profound.

To book in for treatment please email Julienne.

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