Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is a common condition that affects many women during pregnancy. It is characterized by pain and discomfort in the pelvic area and can range from mild to severe. Osteopathy is a non-invasive form of manual therapy that can provide effective relief for PGP, helping women to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
What is Pelvic Girdle Pain? PGP is a condition that affects the pelvic girdle, which is the network of bones, muscles, and ligaments that form the structure of the pelvis. During pregnancy, hormonal and postural changes can cause the ligaments in the pelvic area to become more lax, which can result in increased mobility and instability in the joints. This can lead to pain and discomfort in the pelvic area, lower back, and hips.
How Osteopathy Can Help with Pelvic Girdle Pain
Soft Tissue Manipulation
Osteopaths can use soft tissue manipulation techniques, such as massage and myofascial release, to help reduce tension in the muscles and connective tissue in the pelvic area. This can help to improve circulation and reduce inflammation, which can contribute to pain and discomfort.
Osteopaths can also use joint mobilization techniques to help improve mobility and stability in the joints of the pelvic girdle. By using gentle, targeted movements, osteopaths can help with alignment and reduce pain and discomfort.
Osteopaths can also prescribe specific exercises to help strengthen the muscles in the pelvic area and improve overall stability. This can help to reduce the risk of further injury and improve overall function.
Osteopaths can also help to address any postural imbalances that may be contributing to PGP. By assessing the patient's posture, habits and load bearing and making adjustments
Pelvic girdle pain can be a debilitating condition that can affect a woman's quality of life during pregnancy. Osteopathy is a non-invasive form of manual therapy that can provide effective relief for PGP, helping women to manage their symptoms and improve their overall function.