If you’re familiar with SPD or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, you’re definitely aware of the discomfort that comes with it. Many pregnant women have this issue. According to fertility specialists, up to sixty percent of all first-time mothers experience this. Almost often, the women report it as brutally painful; It is often characterized as a piercing pain in the groin.
What Is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction?
The Symphysis pubis is a tiny cartilage fragment that connects both pelvic bone sides. Relaxin, a hormone, is produced during pregnancy. This hormone is generally produced at the time of birth to promote relaxation in the pelvic region and aid in a normal vaginal delivery. However, relaxin is released earlier in some women, closer to the 20-week mark. Ligaments become slack as a result of the early release of relaxin. This includes the symphysis pubis. Excruciating pain may develop in the groin, hips, glutes, and occasionally above the pubic region at this stage. It might seem as though your pelvis is shattering or the hips are dislocated. This is not what it is, and although it seems to be the case, it will not actually happen. However, walking, using the stairs, and turning over in bed may be excruciatingly uncomfortable. These motions produce a change in the loose pelvic joint, throwing everything off-kilter.
What Are The Symptoms And Indicators Of Spd?
The most typical symptoms are walking difficulties and ripping pain (as though the pelvis is breaking apart). The discomfort is usually concentrated in the pelvic region, although in some women it might extend to the perineum and upper thighs.
Walking and weight-bearing activities, especially those that require elevating one leg, such as getting dressed, climbing stairs, getting into and out of a vehicle, or simply rolling over in bed, may aggravate the discomfort.
What Causes Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction?
SPD is caused by the hormone relaxin, which keeps the ligaments supple so the baby can relieve his way into our world.
Relaxin sometimes performs too good a job, releasing the ligaments surrounding your pelvic bone before the baby is prepared to come out, causing movement (and, regrettably, discomfort) in your pelvic joint.
Is Prenatal Massage Beneficial for SPD?
The symphysis pubis won’t tighten again until the baby is delivered. The key is to control the pain. This may be accomplished by relaxing the muscles around the pelvis. These muscles contain the nerve terminals that produce the majority of the discomfort associated with SPD. The discomfort may be reduced by relaxing these muscles with a targeted prenatal massage.
The earlier you begin getting treatment from a fertility specialist, the more helpful each massage will be. Your fertility therapist will collaborate with you to develop a pain management strategy. It is often advised to undergo 1-2 treatments right away to alleviate the first discomfort. After that, it might be every 2-4 weeks. This time frame is determined by the severity of your pain, your way of life, and how the body reacts to the treatment.
Prenatal Massage Technique & SPD
To relax the muscles and ease discomfort, an expert prenatal massage therapist will use a firm to deep tissue massage around the glutes, groin, upper thighs, hips, and low back. This will also assist to restore the area’s flexibility and vitality. However, this isn’t the only issue. Endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, are released during the massage. Many clients report immediate pain relief and, most significantly, the ability to sleep after only one session. Sleep problems are quite frequent in women with SPD.
Massage also has the objective of increasing circulation and blood circulation in the region. Cupping and ultrasound treatments may also assist with this.
Mild stretching of the inferior back, hips, glutes, and quadriceps at home may also help. However, pay attention to your body and avoid overstretching or working on anything. Movement is beneficial, but don’t overdo it. Consider using a KT/Roc tape or support belt to reduce pressure on the region.