The Bad News
If you’ve had it on your first pregnancy there is an 81% chance you’ll have it on your following pregnancies… (McLennan 1997 – British Journal of Midwifery, May 2005)
The Good News
SPD is treatable!! Lorraine Blackshields Phys L.C.S.P (IIPT) at Procuro Physical Therapy Clinic Cork has been working with SPD patients for over 5 years. Using a mixture of natural treatments like massage, acupuncture and the correct exercise, pain can be reduced in the first treatment by up to 80%! If caught early enough, treatment frequency can be reduced from 2 sessions in the first week to maybe only needing once session every 4 to 6 weeks. (Guideline only) Some patients have reported instant relief and most importantly getting well needed sleep!
The Treatment Plan
Once diagnosed it’s important to begin Physical Therapy straight away… it doesn’t get better on it’s own… well until baby arrives!
Deep Tissue Massage to the upper thigh, groin and hips. This relieves the tension and sharp pain in these over worked muscles, bringing flexibility and energy back into the area.
Dry Needling/Acupunture is also used to help with circulation, getting the healthy blood to the muscles to once again, release tension, reduce pain in the nerves of the muscles being affected and to help release ‘Opiates’ (A natural pain relieving hormone in the body).
If acupunture isn’t your thing, then Ultra-sound can be used on inflamed hip joints to help ease sharp pain and discomfort.
Correct stretches/exercise: Lorraine is also a qualified yoga instructor so can advise on exercises or ‘homework’ you can do at home to help widen the gap between frequency of treatment sessions.