Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Brighton Massage Therapy - Pregnancy Massage -symphysis pubis diastasis

A very common condition in pregnancy is called SPD or symphysis pubis diastasis. I see a lot of clients with this, normally in the 3rd trimester but it can start a earlier especially if there has been a previous pregnancy and the mother to be has suffered with it before. It can be very uncomfortable so I thought I would write my top tips down for dealing with it. 

Massage can be exceptionally helpfull in pain management and relief of pain. I work using a range of movements and strokes that will help with pain. The main benefit is that it will give you time to relax and tune in with your baby. If you would like to know more about massage in pregnancy please call me. 

Top tips for coping with SPD 
Plan your day ahead. If you need to go to the shops, make sure you do all the other jobs that require you to be outside at the same time. Go to the bank and if you have to do a school run make the two trips coincide. Or consider doing your shopping via the Internet. 

Think about taking
 small steps and slow movement. Don’t make any jerky movements. 

Keep a basket on the stairs if you have them, which you can put everything into so that you only make one journey up stairs. 

Encourage people to visit, as it can feel isolating if you do become housebound. Make sure you spend time with people that you trust and are happy giving you support. 

Be kind to yourself, accept that you can’t do as much as you used too. Only set yourself realistic goals for the day. 

Speak to an Occupational Therapist who will be able to provide useful equipment if you do find SPD debilitating. 
A hand held claw so that you can pick things up of the floor 
A bath board to help you step out of the bath more easily 

Avoid twisting movement of the upper body this will put more pressure on the symphysis pubis. 

If you have any other top tips let me know and I will add them on 

Jan x 

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