Osteopathy to Treat Pelvic Girdle Pain ( PGP) During Pregnancy at Home in London or at our Practices in Moorgate EC2, Belgravia Westminster SW1 or Clapham SW4 – Osteopath Specialised in Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) in London
Our osteopath in London is specialised in pregnant women’s conditions such as Pelvic Girdle Pain
Pelvic girdle pain or symphysis pubis dysfunction (PGP or SPD) is pelvic pain that women experience during pregnancy. Up to a quarter of pregnant women are affected, although the severity and symptoms vary from woman to woman. It can develop at any stage of the pregnancy or even after giving birth.
Our osteopath specialises in treating pregnant women’s conditions such as PGP or SPD. She has post-diploma training in perinatal osteopathy she has years of experience working with women who experience this painful condition.
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If you cannot find an appointment which suits you or would like a home visit, call us or send us a message: we will do our best to find you a slot.
Osteopathy Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) Treatment at home or in our practices in Moorgate EC2, Belgravia SW1 & Clapham SW4
As this condition can make it difficult to travel while in pain and feeling unstable, we offer home visits anywhere in London. But for women who prefer to come to our practices, our London osteopath also offers treatment at the Light Centre Belgravia SW1 in Westminster, near Victoria station, the Light Centre Moorgate EC2 between Liverpool Street and Monument Stations and our practice in Clapham SW4 between Clapham south and Clapham common Stations.
We are covered by health insurance companies and recognised by Axa ppp (Bupa doesn’t cover osteopathy)
For home visit pelvic girdle pain osteopathy treatment in London: 0207 125 0262 / 0782 455 3765
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How can Osteopathy treatment help with symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic girdle pain (PGP)?
By restoring balance to your body, osteopathy can help you to deal with the pelvic girdle pain / SPD. In fact, using different soft techniques (muscular, fascial, cranio sacral) the osteopath will find a balance between the anterior part (uterus/baby) and the posterior part (spine/pelvis) that are not well coordinated.
Moreover, by testing the different parts of the body, the osteopath will be able to diagnose and treat all the general tensions that have been present since before the pregnancy and that have increased the pelvic pain.
Finally, the osteopath will harmonize the ligament tension around the uterus with gentle and soft external techniques that pull on the sacrum or on the pubic symphysis and thanks to these techniques will restore good mobility, giving you great comfort and preventing worsening of the pelvic pain.
As a conclusion, the osteopathy treatment could help you to have a more comfortable pregnancy and childbirth. For new mothers who experienced SPD/ PGP, osteopathy will be also beneficial in addition to physiotherapy treatment to restore good balance.
If you have any other pain, our osteopath, who specialises in harmonization with gentle and soft external techniques for babies, women and pregnant women will be able to release them. Feel free to give us a call to request an appointment with our osteopath.
What is symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) during pregnancy?
Pelvic girdle pain or symphysis pubis dysfunction (PGP or SPD) is discomfort during pregnancy that causes pain, instability and limitation of mobility in any of the pelvic joints: sacro iliac joints and/or pubic symphysis.
Symptoms are lower back pain with some sciatica (shooting pain in the legs or buttocks)
PGP is not harmful to your baby, but it can cause severe pain around your pelvic area and make it difficult for you to get around.
What are the symptoms of pelvic girdle pain PGP also call fake sciatica or back pain during pregnancy
There is a variety of symptoms experienced by women with SPD including:
- Swelling and/or inflammation of joints
- Difficulty lifting legs
- Pain when pulling legs apart
- Inability to stand on one leg
- Inability to transfer weight through pelvis and legs
- Pain in hips and/or restriction of hip movement
- Transferred nerve pain down the leg
- Can be associated with bladder and/or bowel dysfunction
- A feeling of the symphysis pubis giving way
- Stooped back when standing
- Misalignment of pelvic and/or back joints
- Struggle to sit or stand
- Pain in the lower back, sciatica feeling
- Pain may also radiate down the inner thighs
- Waddling or shuffling gait
- Audible ‘clicking’ sound coming from the pelvis
Why is pelvic girdle dysfunction painful?
During the pregnancy the body experiences enormous changes: hormonal and physical. However, sometimes the body has difficulty adapting with these physiological modifications and therefore tensions and pain can often appear in the pelvic area.
This is due to two major changes:
- Hormonal change: During the pregnancy the body secretes the relaxin hormone. Its mission is to stretch ligaments so that your baby can ease his or her way into the world. But sometimes relaxin does its job too well, making the ligaments around your pelvic bone too loose too soon (way before the baby is ready to come out), and that causes instability (and unfortunately, pain) in the pelvic joint or in the pubic symphysis.
- Physical change: modification of curves and weight. The baby’s growth implies a weight gain which is more or less important for every woman and at the same time a change of curve: accentuation of every curve but especially the lumbar lordosis. Thus, the centre of gravity is modified. Every muscle and the ligaments need to coordinate and finally the pelvis, which is the support of the spine, tries to rebalance the new tensions. Nevertheless, sometimes the body can’t find a good compromise between stability (support for the baby) and mobility (stretching of ligaments for childbirth) that is why pubic symphysis pain and/or sacro iliac pain can occur.
Note that even if SPD/PGP often occur during pregnancy, women can experience this discomfort after childbirth. In fact, every structure (ligaments, muscles) are stretched and weak and therefore instability of the pelvis can appear and cause pain.
Article by James Turgis Chartered Physiotherapist