Pelvic Girdle Pain
Women produce a hormone throughout pregnancy called Relaxin. This hormone is vital for birth as it softens the ligaments and tissues that connect to the bones to help the baby pass through the pelvis safely during birth. Unfortunately Relaxin often creates an instability in the shape of the pelvis which creates pain.
Pelvic girdle pain occurs in more than 20% of pregnant women. Pain can be felt in the hip, back, buttocks, the back of the legs or in front of the pubic bone. It can often be felt when walking, standing and when lifting the legs after lying down. It is debilitating and usually increases as the pregnancy advances. Sometimes it starts in early pregnancy and continues through to labour, typically it begins in the second or third trimester. More often it occurs in 2nd and subsequent pregnancies. Some pregnant Mum’s who visit me for reflexology, arrive on crutches and leave my clinic walking without pain. I have had great success with eliminating this pain with reflexology.
Following a regular reflexology treatment I work on a point on the foot related to the pelvis. The pain in the foot is sharp initially and lasts for two minutes but the relief from the pelvic pain comes in a rush with a surge of new energy.
It is a superb treatment and gives the pregnant mum such relief and she is able to get her life back again. If you have been diagnosed with a painful unstable pelvis forget exercises and supporting belts, visit a qualified and trained maternity reflexologist who will totally remove the pain in just one visit.
I recommend that women who come to see me for pelvic pain during pregnancy come back for another visit 4-6 weeks after birth to eliminate any pelvic pain that may come back after birth and to assist the body to return to a pre-pregnancy state.