SPD is aggravated by…
- Walking, especially using the stairs
- Putting your weight on one leg
- Turning over in your bed
- Getting in and out of the car
- Daily tasks such as getting out of bed, getting dressed
- Abducting or widening the legs can be painful, and may lead to a Cesarian section if there is too much pain that would prevent a natural birth, or cause too much long-term damage to the pubic symphysis
- The baby’s weight and position pressure on the lumbar spine and pelvis can aggravate the condition
- The symptoms of SPD tend to worsen as the pregnancy progresses, but commonly settle after the birth
Activities to avoid with SPD
- Twisting, bending and carrying heavy loads
- Carrying a child on your hip
- Sitting on the floor, especially twisted or cross legged
- Standing or sitting for long periods
- Bending and strenuous activities, vacuum cleaning or making the bed.
Chiropractic treatment for SPD
With Chiropractic, the focus is to improve movement in the whole of the pelvis including the sacroiliac joints which will reduce pressure on the pubic symphysis. This encourages the muscles in the pelvis to relax, as well as reducing any muscle spasm, which can help with pain and allow for a more natural, pain-free childbirth.
Treatment can improve your pelvic joint stability and help reduce traumatic stress during parturition (child birth) which helps prevent further ligament damage to both the pubic symphysis and the sacroiliac joints.
Swimming, hydrotherapy and movement in water can be very beneficial, all taking the stress off the joints and allowing for pain-free movement.
Some Chiropractors are more specialized in the treatment having undertaken a Chiropractic paediatric masters and if required you may be referred to one such specialist