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Pelvic Girdle Pain during Pregnancy


Many of the patients who attend Cowes Chiropractic Clinic come for help with Pelvic Girdle Pain.  The Pelvic Partnership are a charity that set up to support and educate those with Pelvic Girdle Pain. Run entirely by volunteers who themselves suffered PGP their aim is to help those suffering access much needed support and treatment.  We have found their resources invaluable.   It wasn’t so long ago that PGP (formerly known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) was considered a ‘normal’ part of pregnancy.  Recent publications by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The Pelvic Partnership have started to spread the message widely that pelvic pain during pregnancy isn’t ‘normal’ and that there is treatment.

“PGP is treatable.  It is safe to be treated both during and after pregnancy, and we would encourage you to seek treatment as soon as possible”

About PGP – Pelvic Girdle Pain and its management – The Pelvic Partnership

This is important.  PGP can cause great distress during a pregnancy, and can have an impact on the birth. Treatment is achieved by the use of gentle manual therapy and is often very effective.  Treatment is especially effective if manual therapy is given as soon as symptoms start but it can still be treated at any stage of pregnancy, up to and including the last couple of weeks.  If you receive a diagnosis of PGP after your birth you are still likely to benefit from treatment.

“As PGP is usually a mechanical problem, it usually needs mechanical therapy to get better.”

About PGP – Pelvic Girdle Pain and its management – The Pelvic Partnership

When looking for a manual therapist (chiropractor, physiotherapist or physiotherapist) ensure they are that they have experience treating PGP.  The Pelvic Partnership has a list of practitioners who have been recommended by those they have helped [click here for list] or call to find a practitioner in your area on 01235 820921.  CCC Chiropractor Philippa Wilmot is on this list and is available here at the clinic on Thursdays and Fridays.