Chiropractic Treatment and Pelvic Girdle Pain/Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction(SPD)

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the functions of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments and spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.(World Federation of Chiropractic 2001)

How might a chiropracter treat Pelvic Girdle Pain/Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction(SPD)?

Although probably best known for treating back pain chiropracters also treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems and some chiropracters have developed  a special interest in treating people with pelvic girdle pain/Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction(SPD).

A chiropracter will perform a through assessment to see which structures are causing pain and  will then discuss a treatment plan with you.

The approach is a holistic one and the treatment will depend on your own individual circumstances but   may include restoring joint alignment in the spine and pelvic girdle, advice regarding activities of daily living, correct lifting, workplace ergonomics(e.g correct position of a computer desk) and a rehabilitation programme to reduce the likelihood of problems recurring.

What might I expect when I see  a chiropracter?

Click here to access an information leaflet produced by the General Chiropractic Council, the regulatory body of the chiropractic profession.

The General Chiropractic Council

 The General Chiropractic Council is a body established by parliament to regulate, develop and promote the chiropractic profession.

Before embarking on chiropractic treatment it is important  that you check that the chiropracter is registered with the General Chiropractic Council. Click here to access their website.

What is McTimoney Chiropractic?

McTimoney is a specific form of chiropractic developed by John McTiimoney, a chiropracter who developed his own approach and technique variations and founded the Oxfordshire School of Chiropractic in the 1970's, now the McTimoney College of Chiropractic.

Some McTimoney Chiropracters have also developed an interest in treating Pelvic Girdle Pain/Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.

Click here for further information about McTimoney Chiropractic.

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The information on is for information only and is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis or treatment by a qualified health professional. Pelvic Instability Network Scotland (PINS) is a registered Scottish Charity SCO 39222. Copyright Pelvic Instability Network Scotland (PINS) 2008