Pelvic Girdle pain & SPD

Efficient Pelvic Girdle Pain & SPD treatment in London

Physiotherapist & Osteopath treatment in London

pelvic-girdle-painWhat is pelvic girdle pain or SPD ?

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), also known as Symphisis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), is pelvic pain that women experience during pregnancy or right after giving birth. The severity and symptoms vary from woman to woman, but up to a quarter or pregnant women are affected by this condition. It can develop at any stage of the pregnancy or less frequently after giving birth, sometimes, even weeks or months later.

Depending on the severity, it might get better after a few days of rest, but in most cases, it is advisable to seek treatment as early as possible.


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Pelvic Girdle Pain symptoms may include:

  • Pain in your hips
  • One sided pain in your buttocks or pain that jumps from side to side
  • Lower back pain similar to sciatica pain
  • Pain at the front of your pelvis

The pain is often worse at night and it gets worse when lying on your back, turning over in bed, standing from a sitting position or moving your legs apart.

Physiotherapy and osteopathy can effectively treat Pelvic Girdle Pain and help you keep mobile and independent throughout your pregnancy and/or after giving childbirth. Starting the treatment as early as possible with prevent the condition from worsening and will shorten the recovery time. If you have received treatment during pregnancy and the pain recurs after giving birth, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Excellence Physiotherapy offers customised physiotherapy and osteopathy treatment created by our London physiotherapists and osteopaths, in order to fit your needs and relieve you of Pelvic Girdle Pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, SPD). We offer treatment at home in London, or at either of the two Light Centre practices: Belgravia near Victoria station, or London Wall near Moorgate station, in the heart of the City of London, where you can relax and also have access to other services.

How do we treat Pelvic Girdle Pain ?

In order to provide you a tailored re-education, the physiotherapist will assess your condition, taking into account your medical history, your daily activities and the symmetry of movement of your pelvic joints and back position. They will then create an exercise programme for you. The treatment isn’t painful and it should result in immediate improvement. The exercise programme may include:

  • Hyperflexibility exercises
  • Joint realignment
  • Learning how to “lock” your pelvis
  • Strengthening your pelvic muscles
  • Learning how to move and turn without pulling on your back or pushing on your stomach
  • Soft and deep tissue massage

You will also be taught exercises you can do on your own in between sessions for a faster and more effective recovery.

Why do I have Pelvic Girdle Pain or Symphisis Pelvic Dysfunction (SPD) ?

During pregnancy the ligaments in your pelvis soften, in preparation for childbirth. This can cause misalignment or stiffness of your pelvic joints, which in turn can cause pain in any of the pelvic joints, especially when you are walking, going up stairs or turning in bed. It can also cause instability of the joints, which can make walking and other daily activities very difficult.

We are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa recognised and axa ppp recognised

For appointment with our London physiotherapist or London osteopath call : 0207 125 0262

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