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Spinal Touch Treatment for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) and Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
SPD and PGP Treatment from The Haven Healing CentreSpinal Touch Therapy is the ideal therapy to treat Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction and Pelvic Girdle Pain
What is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)?
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction is most commonly associated with pregnancy and childbirth. It is a condition that causes excessive movement of the pubic symphysis, either anterior or lateral, as well as associated pain, possibly because of a misalignment of the pelvis. SPD is a dysfunction that is associated with Pelvic Girdle Pain and the names are often used interchangeably. It is thought to affect up to one in four pregnant women to varying degrees, with 7% of sufferers continuing to experience serious symptoms postpartum.
The main symptom is usually pain or discomfort in the pelvic region, centred around the joint at the front of the pelvis (the pubic symphysis). Some sufferers report being able to hear the lower back and hip joints, the sacroiliac, clicking or popping in and out as they walk or change position. Many women describe their pelvic bones as feeling like they are 'coming apart'. Sufferers frequently also experience pain in the lower back, hips, groin, lower abdomen, and legs.
The severity of the pain can range from mild discomfort to extreme and prolonged suffering, from quite early on in the pregnancy, but also for many months after the birth. It is not unusual when there is prolonged pain and physical discomfort, for SPD to contribute to postpartum depression. Sufferers may walk with a characteristic waddling gait and have difficulty climbing stairs, problems with leg abduction and adduction, such as when getting in or out of a car, pain when carrying out weight bearing activities, difficulties carrying out everyday activities, and difficulties standing.
Do you suffer with SPD - Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction?
I am writing this article because more and more pregnant women are showing up at The Haven Healing Centre suffering with pelvic pain that is not being dealt adequately through the normal channels. I think the reason may be partly because it is supposed to be a temporary problem during pregnancy, which finds its own solution after childbirth, and so nobody in the professions takes it very seriously.
How long does it take to recover from SPD after I've had my baby?
Normally, your symptoms will improve after your baby is born, and your 'relaxin hormone' levels return to normal. For some women their recovery is not so straightforward and they can still have pain when their babies are a year old. When this happens, some find their pain increases every month just before their period is due.
What therapy will you use when I come for treatment?
While there is some debate as to what causes SPD, I am finding there is a viable solution in Spinal Touch Therapy and Bio Stress Release (some call this OrthoBionomy, Positional Release, Strain Counter Strain, which all seem to follow a similar pattern). By combining these therapies I have been able to show that a great deal of relief can be gained from pelvic pain and symphysis pubis dysfunction, by correcting the distortions that seem to play a large part in their progression.
What is the procedure and is there any risk to my baby?
I can tell you, Spinal Touch Therapy is as strong as a river, but as harmless as water. You may wonder about the procedure, because anyone who has had Spinal Touch knows that you lie face down on a couch to be treated. Of course this is not practical (unless you have already delivered), as you will probably still have a bit of a tummy to contend with. I have therefore adapted the techniques and processes so that they can be performed with you on your side and yet still retain all the benefits of the routine when performed in the normal fashion.
You may like to ask your midwife prior to seeking help, as there may be a few who have heard of Spinal Touch. But it is likely that most will not. It is my hope that very soon, as word spreads outwards from my practice and through this article, midwives will send you as first point of reference, rather than recommend a prescription or resort to crutches. The midwives that I know are ashamed to say they are not allowed to recommend something they know to be valuable (one of those job's worth issues, unfortunately), but as more patients come for this treatment, word is spreading regardless, and for that, I am very grateful.
How can Spinal Touch Therapy help my Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction?
Using Spinal Touch on first diagnosis, is a good palliative care plan as your baby grows, but it is also just as effective as crisis treatment. It can slow the progress of symphysis pubis dysfunction, and also stop it altogether. But even if you have suffered with it for ages, a short block of treatments should start easing your symptoms fairly quickly, until you are at a stage where you are comfortable for the majority of the time.
This is by far the best way you can make provision to improve the quality of your pregnancy in the short term, rather than resorting to crisis management, which can mean spending more time than necessary in pain, or on strong pain killers, or crutches. Spinal Touch will help you enjoy your pregnancy, at home and at work, without the worry of what happens if you are suddenly taken immobile. It will help to prevent episodes of pain due to symphysis pubis dysfunction, during your pregnancy, and afterwards, if it doesn't clear up straight away.
Will I need to keep coming for treatment during my pregnancy and after?
Some people are unable to do this procedure for themselves and so tend to come for treatment on a regular basis. But my own philosophy is one of empowerment and self help, something I hope comes across in this website, loud and clear. For that reason, I encourge partners of the patient to also come and observe, and to make notes, and to practice the routine on their wives, whilst being tutored in the art of recognizing and promoting, muscle relaxation, posture alignment and pelvic influence.
This means that I can show them, in a safe, secure environment, how to do the treatment on their partners in the best way possible, and means they can perform the treatment whenever they are called upon to do so, even in the middle of the night. [Very soon I will be filming this treatment procedure and the DVD will be available in the products pages of this site. If this condition affects you, I will soon replace this notice with a link to the DVD, so please look out for it]
To learn more about spinal touch, click here. To learn more about this treatment visit: www.pelvicgirdlepain.co.uk.
My message to you is simple. Don't just sit there, lie there, stand there in pain, unable to bend, walk or climb the stairs, thinking it will get better by tomorrow. It probably won't! Even if everyone around you is advising you to throw tablets at it, remember they only MASK the pain, they don't do anything to fix the problem. You're probably wishing someone could just 'get in there' and do something! Well that's exactly what I'm offering with this treatment. Allow your instinct to lead you toward the physical approach. Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction and Pelvic Girdle Pain are both linked to depression and anxiety. The relaxation induced postural re-alignment afforded by Spinal Touch Therapy, will help with the stresses and tightness surrounding the lumbar spine, sacrum, pelvis and symphysis pubis, which will help to reduce the pain. If this idea resonates with you, I invite you to visit The Haven Healing Centre in Cheddar for a course of treatment. Appointments and a treatment price list are available by clicking here. I look forward to welcoming you soon. Phil.
But Phil, I live miles from The Haven Centre - There's no way I can get to you on a regular basis. Is there anything you can do to help me? Don't worry if you live a long way away, I have arranged a solution. Please visit what to do if you live miles from The Haven Centre to find a possible solution that fits in with your plans for recovery. Hardly a week goes by without the phone ringing by someone deperate for hope from the pain and misery of SPD and PGP. The options for treatment in your area are probably the same as in ours - lacking. Don't worry if you live so far away it's impossible for you to come here regularly. My plan is for you to fly or drive here only once and take away the means to continue with your own recovery. Find out about this by clicking here. Let's make the SPD treatment plan work for you!
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Wierd spellings: symphisis, simphysis, pubic, disfunction, cymphacis, public, dysfunktion, disfuncshun, cymphysis, cimphasis
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