“I feel like my body is going to split in two. The pain is almost unbearable. I don’t even want to move.” This is a common expression of a pregnant woman who is experiencing SPD or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.
SPD is where the joint of the anterior (or front) of the pelvis isn’t functioning properly. This can occur during pregnancy when the hormone relaxin has taken effect loosening the ligaments of the pelvis to allow for labor and delivery. As the joint loses the support of the ligaments it begins to be susceptible to aberrant motion or painful separation at the joint. When there is misalignment pain occurs and loss of function soon follows. After this pain begins it is difficult to perform such simple tasks as getting in or out of a car or standing up. In fact, any movement might prove painful and difficult.
So how can chiropractic help with SPD? We are Neuromusculoskeletal specialists; we work with the nerves, muscles, and joints. We can help to position the joint correctly and allow for proper movement. By adjusting the joint proper function returns and muscles tone is stimulated via the nervous system. The best way to help reduce the chance of malposition or dysfunction returning is to strengthen the muscles of that region, specifically the leg adductors- those that bring the legs together. These muscles are located on the medial (inner) side of each leg and attach to the pubic rami very close to the pubic symphysis joint. We provide our patients with certain simple exercises that help reduce their pain and allow them to return to normal function. By strengthening this joint and having the joint in proper position most of the discomfort can be avoid or alleviated. It is essential to find a chiropractor who is experienced in pregnancy care, not just one who utilizes the same technique and approach during pregnancy as with any other patient.
Additional benefits of receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Pain relief
- Increased mobility
- Improved sleep
- Optimal positioning of fetus
- Shorter labor and delivery time
There are other therapies that can prove very useful during pregnancy. Massage therapy is a great way to help the muscles to stay balanced.
If you are suffering -and we do mean suffering- from SPD please contact us today to schedule an appointment. We would love to help you get back to normal function. 801-810-4144. We are centrally located in Draper between Salt Lake and Utah counties.