Chiropractic treatment of Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy
During pregnancy women can suffer from back pain and pelvic girdle pain.
Back pain can be common during pregnancy but is normal nor should it be ignored or put down as ‘just part of pregnancy’. Pain in the back, pelvis or at the front of the pelvis could be a sign that the joints of the spine and pelvis are under pressure. This is often as a result of the change in posture during pregnancy.
Pelvic Girdle Pain (formerly known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) is a condition where the joints of the pelvis are no longer working equally. Some joints may have stiffened up and others may be too mobile. This can cause pain and difficulty in moving and walking. Pain often starts at around 20 weeks pregnant and often gets worse during the course of the pregnancy.
Sometimes changes in the way women sit, stand and move during pregnancy can stop these problems from getting worse or relieve the pain completely. For advice and information on managing back and pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy you can visit the Pelvic Partnership website which is a brilliant resource.
However, if the problem does not go away you should seek professional advice and treatment. Chiropractic care aims to help these problems by normalizing the movement of the pelvis and spine. Essentially increasing the movement in joints that have stiffened up and stabilizing the joints that have become too mobile.
If you are having problems with your low back or pelvic pain it is important that you have it assessed by someone experienced in treating women with pelvic pain during pregnancy as unfortunately it does not always go away once you have had the baby, in around 20% of cases the pain can continue.
If you are suffering from pelvic or back pain during pregnancy and would have any questions please feel free to contact me on 01635 791 301 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can book an appointment online.
Rosie Piercy MChiro DC