Nat­u­ral re­lief

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Realadvice -

QI have sym­ph­ysis pu­bis dys­func­tion (SPD) and have been pre­scribed pain med­i­ca­tion. Are there any nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tives?

AAn­te­na­tal phys­io­ther­a­pist Lisa West­lake says: With SPD, preg­nancy hor­mones in­crease lig­a­ment lax­ity, al­low­ing ex­tra move­ment in the large pelvic joints. This can make them sus­cep­ti­ble to in­flam­ma­tion and pain, vary­ing from the oc­ca­sional mild nig­gle to be­ing sig­nif­i­cantly de­bil­i­tat­ing.

There is plenty you can do to man­age SPD. Avoid move­ment that shifts your weight from side to side or twists the pelvis and keepeep your knees to­gether as you get up and down off the flfloor floor or roll over in bed. Switch or stick to low-im­pact ex­er­cise such as swim­ming (but avoid the breast­stroke ‘frog’ kick).

A women’s health phys­io­ther­a­pist can of­fer pain man­age­ment op­tions such as ic­ing tech­niques, and speci­fific spe­cific ex­er­cises to strengthen your pelvic flfloor, floor, core and other mus­cles that pro­vide pelvic sta­bil­ity. She may also fi­fit fit you with a sup­port­ive pelvic belt or sug­gest wear­ing pres­sure sup­port shorts or leg­gings.

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