Wendy Powell

Exercise for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction and Pelvic Girdle Pain

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The right exercise for symphysis pubis dysfunction

The right exercise for symphysis pubis dysfunction A.K.A. Pelvic Girdle Pain addresses pain in the joints of your pelvis. They include the symphysis pubis joint (SPJ) at the front and/or the sacroiliac joints (SIJ) at the back. The result is pain felt across the front or back of the pelvis. Pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. Appropriate exercise for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction can help lessen this pain.

If your SPD / PGP is causing you pain, you should be referred to a physical therapist. A specialist PT can assess the position and the symmetry of movement of your pelvic joints, especially the sacro-iliac joints at the back of the pelvis. Treatment may involve a combination of joint realignment or mobilisation and soft tissue or muscle treatment.

Find 5 at-home exercises for symphysis pubis dysfunction or pelvic girdle pain here

When the body is experiencing pain, muscles tighten and compensate, causing asymmetry and misalignment. It is important that you receive treatment from a physical therapist, chiropractor or osteopath to correct this. Also try to carry out gentle exercises, preferably daily. Complimentary therapies such as acupuncture or cranial sacral therapy may also provide relief.

Movement for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

Appropriate exercise and alignment shifts can help to stabilize the pelvis by relieving pressure and strengthening and releasing the muscles that support it.

The muscles that need to be strengthened to improve stability for SPD / PGP are the core muscles, particularly the Tranverse Abdominis (TVA) and the pelvic floor. Depending upon the level of pain and range of movement, bodyweight exercises such as a supported squat (adapting the depth of the squat and how far your open your legs) will also improve strength and stability.

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