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Phil Chave
creator of Distant Healer

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction - SPD
and Pelvic Girdle Pain - PGP

SPD and PGP are pain and mobility problems of the pelvis, common in pregnancy and childbirth

Do you suffer with SPD - Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction?
I am writing this article because more and more pregnant women are showing up in my practice who are 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 when you are pregnant, which finds its own solution after childbirth.

These ladies are looking for alternative therapies for their SPD and PGP because what is on offer is the usual plethora of pain killing drugs handed out willy-nilly by an overstretched medical profession that doesn't seem to take it seriously.

I know that's overstating the case, but not to the women who are in pain and seem unable to find relief, or anyone who has anything useful to say besides, it will get better eventually.

While there is some debate as to what causes SPD (now called PGP), 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.

If you're not sure what Spinal Touch is, please visit my article, which explains how it works. Normally Spinal Touch is performed in the prone position (lying face down), but of course, when you're pregnant, this is impossible. 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.

Don't let the pain of SPD or PGP become a problem for you. The longer it goes untreated, the harder it is to treat, and the longer you will have to suffer needlessly.

If you live within around a 50 mile radius of Cheddar (near Bristol), Somerset, I invite you to explore the benefits of this therapy and to arrange an appointment.

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 before long, as word spreads, midwives will send you as first point of reference, rather than recommend a prescription.
Symphysis Pubis - Public Domain
Note:- The only thing I would say is that this work is still in its infancy, and I came across these benefits as a side benefit to the Spinal Touch treatments which were being done because of back issues during pregnancy.

At that point, the ladies who came, did not link their SPD with their back pain. It was only after that we began to realize the two were linked and treating it accordingly that we started to see fantastic results.

I don't have hundreds of pregnant ladies all shouting about how good this is (at least not yet!), because this work is based on only a few examples, and, less than the number you would need to suggest this was a realistic and fair medical trial, with placebo treatments and the like.

But, what I can say is, of the ladies that came, ALL of them benefited from the treatments, and ALL of them improved to the point where the SPD and PGP pain was no more. Of those who were still pregnant at the time, they reported that childbirth was easier and less painful than they had imagined it would be, and they attributed this directly to the posture correcting treatments they had received.

One lady who started coming at six months after childbirth was still suffering with sharp and strong SPD pain, whilst still being told repeatedly by doctors and everybody else, it would go away on its own, and was a temporary problem. All this took was one treatment and the problem went away. Coincidence? Maybe. Placebo? Possibly. Gone now? Absolutely!

On that basis, if you are willing to try, and, if you live close enough, I am willing to treat you. Contact me now to arrange an appointment.

A new treatment plan is now available
All of this experience has resulted in my wanting to get the word out more and more about how this new treatment plan can help with SPD and PGP, and so I uploaded a new website to encourage more ladies to give this a try.

The website is at: www.pelvicgirdlepain.co.uk. You are very welcome to go and look around here. If you feel this is something that may be able to help you, please get in touch and arrange to learn how to do this treatment yourself.

I now, through the Pelvic Girdle Pains site, offer training days to couples, along with a training manual, so the male partners can treat the pregnant SPD sufferer. Couples are coming to The Haven Healing Centre from all over the UK to learn this technique, and you can arrange to come too via the PGP website.

What is SPD - Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction?
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction(SPD) is pain in the pelvic joint at the pubis which can radiate around the front of the lower tummy down to the groin and top of the legs. SPD is most commonly associated with pregnancy and childbirth and is a condition that causes excessive movement of the symphysis pubis.

The symphysis pubis is the joint where two of the three pelvic bones meet at the front of the pelvis (The other two joints are the sacro-iliac joints at the rear of the pelvis). These pelvic joints are held together by very strong ligaments that are designed to prevent movement.

The fibrocartilage holding the symphysis pubis together lengthens during pregnancy to prepare for the forces of childbirth. If the joint does not function sufficiently this can result in pain and or instability; this is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. SPD affects approximately 1 in 35 women.

What happens during pregnancy?
SPD is often attributed to hormonal fluctuation such as altering levels of hormones like relaxin and estrogen. Relaxin can increase tenfold in the body during pregnancy. Connective tissue in the sacro-iliac joint and pubic symphysis are believed to be influenced by oestrogen to produce relaxin receptors in varying concentrations.

The influence of these hormones help remodel collagen that assists in the changes in soft tissue, cartilage and ligaments. This gradually loosens all the pelvic ligaments to allow slight movement at the time of birth. Occasionally, the ligaments loosen too much and too early before birth, and this loosening can cause the two pubic bones to move slightly out of alignment, thereby causing pain to occur.

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction Pain in Pregnancy It's likely this not the whole story, as there is growing evidence that built in asymmetry in the pelvis (perhaps even prior to pregnancy) may be to blame, responding by producing pain, due to shifting of the body's centre of gravity and uneven weight distribution during pregnancy. This would then be classed as a mechanical dysfunction, not a hormonal one.

For example, during weight bearing on one leg, one of the times when the pain can be at its worst, there is forward displacement of the pubic bone at the symphysis on the weight bearing side. This can cause translation (upward movement on one side, downward on the other) and separation.

However, not all pregnant women with pelvic pain have severe joint laxity, some will have pain due to pressure from the gravid uterus, a urinary tract infection, pain referred from higher in the spine, or nerve root irritation. Most of these can be attributed to postural distortion of the skeleton.

What are the symptoms of SPD and PGP?

  • Symphysis Pubis pain, extremely tender to the touch.
  • Present swelling and/or inflammation over joint.
  • Difficulty lifting leg.
  • Pain pulling legs apart.
  • Unable to stand on one leg.
  • Unable to transfer weight through pelvis and legs.
  • Pain in hips and/or restriction of hip movement.
  • Transferred nerve pain down leg.
  • A feeling of symphysis pubis giving way.
  • Stand with a stooped over back.
  • Struggle to sit or stand.
  • Pain may also radiate down the inner thighs.
  • You may waddle or shuffle.
  • Aware of an audible ‘clicking’ sound coming form the pelvis.
These symptoms can begin as early as the first trimester of the pregnancy with symptoms increasing towards the third trimester.

Perhaps the important thing to remember is that once your baby is born, your hormone levels start to return to normal, ligaments and the pelvic girdle return to normal, and for most women, the symptoms of SPD and PGP will gradually disappear.

One final thought: One thing did occur to me and that was, it's possible, due to hormonal influence and pelvic asymmetry, that the body is now working against itself, in that it is setting up conflict between ligament and cartilage, and muscles. The ligaments and cartilage are made to soften because of the presence of relaxin, whereas the muscles are trying to hold everything together, 1. because of the increasing girth and extra weight, and 2. perhaps due to the memory they have of normal tone, pre-pregnancy.

An imbalance here may cause the discomfort and pain because there is a tug-o-war going on that you have no control over. Indeed, many women describe there pelvis' as feeling like they are 'coming apart'. Now we're talking about a bio-mechanical dysfunction or asymmetry, and that is perhaps the reason why Spinal Touch is proving successful in this area.

Could it be that relaxing the muscles (as Spinal Touch is designed to do), rewires the meaning of their existence, giving permission for them to work with the pelvis and ligaments in a new way, to bring re-alignment of pelvic posture and to allow the body to adjust proportionately to its new state, that of pregnancy?

If you would like to give Spinal Touch a try, contact me now to arrange an appointment.

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 Healing 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!

To learn more about this treatment please visit: www.pelvicgirdlepain.co.uk.

For all enquiries or to book your Spinal Touch/SPD treatment at a convenient time, please call Phil during the day on: 01934 740275. Do you know anyone with SPD or PGP? Why not send them this link? They'll be glad you did!

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