Pelvic Girdle Pain
Do I have pregnancy-related (hormonal-related?) pelvic pain or a misaligned pelvis? or both? The chiropractor can tell you!
The pelvis consists of three movable pelvic joints and a tailbone. Together they form a ring, which is called the pelvic girdle.
During pregnancy the pelvis and spine are constantly being subjected to various changes, such as quick weight gain in the front of the body in addition to hormonal changes causing ligamentous laxity.
The growing uterus is a big muscle that attaches to the pelvis through ligaments. An imbalanced pelvis will put stress on these ligaments, and may therefore lead to the baby having difficulties lying in the correct head down position.
When a pelvic joint is not moving correctly, the other surrounding joints must work hard to compensate. Both too much and too little movement can produce pain, nerve irritation, muscle tension and unnecessary strain to the body. Pain related to pelvic dysfunction can often be felt at the back of the pelvis, in the symphysis pubis at the front of the pelvis, in the groin area, at the hips or tailbone. Trained hands can tell you whether you have a hormonal-related pelvic pain syndrome or a functionally immobile pelvis. You will also be given advice on what further steps to take, to ensure the best pregnancy possible.
Pain usually starts when the body is unable to adapt to the occurring changes!