Are You Experiencing Aches And Pains During Your Pregnancy? Osteopathy Can Help.
Lots of women experience pelvic pain in their pregnancies which can be very debilitating and often these are diagnosed as pelvic girdle pain by their doctors and midwives. But what is this and what can be done about it? This condition used to be called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) because a lot of women experienced crippling pain in their pubic region during pregnancy. It was later changed to Pelvic Girdle Pain because it was realised that lots of women who had this condition where actually experiencing high pain levels right around the pelvis - particularly in the back and buttocks.
This pain is made worse by walking, turning over in bed or getting in and out of the car or bath. This condition is caused by various factors during the pregnancy including postural and hormonal changes. The hormone relaxin is very useful to allow the ligaments to soften and stretch in readiness for the birthing process but this ligament laxity can lead us to be more susceptible to conditions such as this.
Due to the fact that the whole pelvis is involved in this condition, any pelvic or lumbar spine dysfunction can exacerbate this condition and can lead to the need of support straps for the pelvis, walking aids (canes/sticks) and in severe cases even require the use of a wheelchair. Osteopathic treatment on the pelvis and lumbar spine is gentle and safe during pregnancy and has been shown to be effective in the treatment and management of this condition. By assessing and treating any pelvic imbalances and lumbar spine restrictions, the pelvis is able to function more smoothly and symmetrically and therefore reduces the strain put on the ligaments and joints of the pelvis.
At our clinic we regularly see ladies who have been diagnosed with this condition and with our treatment plans and rehab exercise programmes aimed at restricting excess mobility in the pelvis and reducing pain, we are able to help them to carry on throughout their pregnancy without pain having huge impacts on their day to day life. We also give advice on lifestyle changes which have a great impact on this condition – such as sitting positions to avoid and safe ways to enter and exit the car and bath, etc.
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Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic
The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic was established and is run by Sue Jennings, BSc (Hons), Osteopath. The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic is situated on the ground floor of Lordswood Leisure Centre, North Dane Way, Chatham, with plenty of free parking and disabled access.
The clinic is open during the daytime on Monday to Friday, evening appointments available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic staff are all registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).