Did you know episiotomies can alter walking patterns (gait), breath patterns and cause a lot of hip and back and foot issues.

Did you know most episiotomies are performed with right handed sissors?

This means most women’s scars are on the right side.

This can affect the strength and mobility of the right hip and pelvis.

They are usually at a sideways angle into the transverse perineal muscle and bulbocavernosus muscles with help stabilise the pelvis and the breath.

Already tilted forwards from pregnancy, the scar tissue would prevent stability and mobility leading to hip or back issues that are rarely traced back to episiotomies.

I’m fascinated with the history and trauma that the body holds. 

In my 20 years of teaching I’ve seen some mind-blowing examples of the mind body connection that are irrefutable. 

Lightbulb moments of understanding in people that lead to unwinding and healing.

When I ask for people’s history, they undoubtably leave many things out.

Women NEVER mention their episiotomies or tears. 

Why is this?

Are we socially conditioned to believe that these are not important? Are we ashamed of them?

I’ve first hand experienced the huge implications causing right hip instability, excessive external FA rotation and limited IR particularly with a posterior tilt meaning the right stance part of gait was completely comprised. 

Pelvic floor strength was obviously compromised too. The scar was pulling, tight, holding on to the trauma.

There is also a possibility that the episiotomy biomechanics also cause bunions….. it’s all connected.

C-sections have a profound impact too. As do ANY scars, if they are not understood.

Once you see it, you can’t un-see it. And the recovery is much quicker when you can see where you are and where you are going.

A few bespoke session of movement can reap years of strength.

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