Pelvic Girdle Pain is a condition which affects up to one in five pregnant women. It was commonly known as SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction), but this implies that only the symphysis pubis is affected. SPD can occur from around the 12th week of pregnancy onwards, but it is also recognised as a postnatal issue. SDP is a common and, in most cases a treatable condition. SPD can usually be treated effectively by ‘hands-on’ manual therapy from a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor.
Symptoms can include:
- pain over the pubic bone at the front in the centre
- pain across one or both sides of your lower back
- pain in the area between your vagina and anus (perineum)
Always consult a doctor or your midwife if you are experiencing pain (over and above the normal aches of pregnancy) in the pelvic area particularly if you feel you need medication to aid with the management of pain associated with SPD.
Massage & Reflexology can be extremely beneficial in reducing pain from general pelvic pain experienced during pregnancy as well as for the pain of SPD. It is also helpful as a means of relieving muscle tension and reducing muscle and joint pain and has other potential benefits including reducing fatigue and promoting feelings of well being.
After your baby is born it is important to continue with regular treatments which will help in the realignment of the pelvis and correct posture. For more information on SPD pop on over to the NHS website
Or another great site is The Pelvic Partnership