Pelvic Girdle Pain
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) affects up to 1 in 5 pregnant women. PGP can be felt in 1 or more of the 3 pelvic joints, the pubic joint at the front (leading to groin pain) or either of the 2 sacroiliac joints at the back (leading to pain in the bum/hip/top of the leg). It is usually a result of the increased sensitivity in these joints during pregnancy, the changes in posture that pregnancy brings about and sometimes the general stresses and strains of life!
As an experienced clinicians, we can help find the problem areas with a thorough assessment. This involves looking at your posture when standing and lying. Then, we can change the way you use your body by creating awareness of the things that may be overloading your body in an incorrect way and giving you more discomfort. Specific areas are tested for weakness or over-activity, which also may be causing an imbalance.
Manual therapy can often help. You will also be given advice and techniques to practice which make the changes necessary to get you back to normal.
Other treatment techniques can include soft tissue massage, gentle joint mobilisations, muscle energy techniques and taping.
Maternity Physio provides you with a safe and effective program to regain function, strength and reduce discomfort for the rest of your exciting journey, making you feel like you again!
Pregnancy brings about many changes to your body. There is some increased stretch and strain on the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles as the bump grows. A pregnancy MOT can assess your alignment, as your body changes. A pelvic floor assessment (after 12 weeks postnatal) can also give you some insight into how to connect to your pelvic floor to activate and relax it as you get closer to delivery.
There is also advice on how to exercise during pregnancy and after a baby. There are also some valuable tips on perineal massage, early postnatal recovery and how to manage postnatal conditions such as diastasis and pelvic organ prolapse.
Unlike standard Pregnancy Massages, we don’t just skim the surface. As specialists in Pregnancy Massage, we understand exactly what your body needs during pregnancy, and we’re committed to helping you alleviate discomfort and tension throughout this special time. If you’re seeking a massage that’s tailored to pregnant women, we encourage you to book today.
What is the process of a Pregnancy massage?
At the start of your appointment, we will conduct a consultation and assessment to understand how you are feeling and identify any areas of tension or discomfort. Using a combination of pregnancy massage techniques and remedial methods, we will work to relax your body and release tension in any specific areas you need. Throughout treatment you will either lie on your back or side with use of bolsters and cushions to keep you and baby safe and comfortable.
To help you maintain your wellbeing and minimise any aches and pains, we will provide you with guidance and exercises to practice at home before you leave.
No one likes to be rushed, especially when you’re pregnant. This is why we only offer a 90 minute pregnancy treatment to allow time for complete relaxation whilst being able to work on any niggling areas.