BACK LABOR! Is it preventable? I have been working with people in person to help with this for years, and it's one of the protocols that we have integrated into the OSM program. So I wanted to talk about it today!! One of the things that a lot of people are talking about (though still definitely needs to be said and worked on) is that we must create balance in the body so that baby can find an optimal position. Yes yes yes!! Thank goodness for Spinning Babies. I have learned and continue to learn so much through them and their protocols. The birth techniques are SOLID. The idea that we need to create balance so that baby has room to move is solid. Many exercises we teach are designed to bring the body back into balance. Even how we breathe can help baby find a better position and upper body mobility so that we are not plunging the diaphragm down into baby's space so much. It's so fascinating how connected it all is!! The next step is sacral mobility. I have worked with clients that, because despite their baby being in "perfect" position, they still experienced extreme back labor. I am not talking feeling contractions in your back, I am talking extreme. I discovered that it appears that there is sometimes a lack of true mobility of the sacrum in these cases. The sacrum should do what is called nutation and counter nutation during the process of birth, but some people have very little mobility there. Probably from years and years of habits of moving a certain way. I found when I told them to tuck their pelvis their knees bent rather than actually being able to tuck and untuck. We have developed a sacral mobility protocol and integrated it into the OSM exercises. There is SO much isolated pelvic mobility work in OSM- on hands and knees, seated, dynamic and some passive hamstring stretching, inner thigh work, calf stretching, hip hinging, hip hinging with movement side to side. These exercises are very specifically chosen to help restore functional mobility in the pelvis.
And finally, I find it helpful, especially when there is little time and near the end of pregnancy to see complimentary body workers. Chiro, massage, PT, to get out of an acute "stuck" position