- 460 Posts. Joined 9/2012
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The spd, pelvic lower back pain thread-excervises and advice
My midwife suggested having my husband make a fist with both hands, and putting them together at the thumbs. Then, I'd put my knees on the outside of his fists and try to squeeze them together. After doing that, my husband would put his fists on the outside of my knees and I would try to push out wards. She said lots of her clients have had success doing these exercise to help relieve symphysis pubis pain. Here's to hoping! Went to the chiro on Tuesday, which was great, but had a terrible night last night. Probably the worst I've had. It was my fault, totally. I saw a soldier moving chairs all by himself after a meeting we'd had and went to help him. Picked up the first chair and it was much heavier than I'd expected. I immediately realized it was a mistake, and slid the chairs instead, but it had already irritated my pubic bone and my SI joint. Stupid, stupid, stupid. :/
Do you mind me asking what the chiro did to help you out? I'm considering seeing one. She is just so expensive so I have to think about it. But walking and lifting one leg kills!
There's various manipulations physios and Chiros can do to release the joint.. The advice is generally see a physio ASAP to stop worsening of symptoms , and chance of it continuing after birth!
So the woman who was recommended to me, here in NYC, is $300 for the first visit and $90 for each visit thereafter. $300! I am very 50/50. We have so many birth expenses with the homebirth. Balance towards MW, doula, birth tub (renting an $$ one with a built-in heater because our hot water tends to run out), Bradley class, I feel like the list goes on and on. So then to throw in such an expensive chiro makes it even worse. Argh.
Yea it would be a pain to have to leave the vicinity for a Dr appointment. Plus it would still be NYC "area". Everything *is* more expensive. It's ludicrous. With that said, if we lived somewhere else, our expenses would be lower but DH's salary would be lower too. Except, real estate is so expensive here I don't know if we'll ever be able to buy something! Ok, maybe when we're 45 in 10+yrs!
Yeah my MW said I could also so physical therapy. By physio do you mean physical therapy?
Hm, I wonder if I could find a place that takes insurance. My bff actually works at a physical therapy practice. I could ask her. (though she is no a PT herself)
- 631 Posts. Joined 7/2007
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I have been seeing a chiro for pelvic/lower back pain since December. I had an old injury, that in conjuction with pregnancy hormones, causes a lot of movement and pain in my sacrum and SI/pelvis. I searched out a chiro that was covered by our insurance. She isn't my first choice, but with as many adjustments as I needed, we couldn't afford to pay out of pocket for the one I used last time (who is also a doula and knows a lot about pregnancy related issues). So finally, after going 2x a week for 3 weeks, then 1x a week for several weeks, I am down to every other week, and I seem to be holding the adjustments and I am not in as much pain anymore (though now that I am out of the 'acute' phase, insurance won't cover and it is $40 per time). If you have been 'off' for a while, it takes a while for muscles to relearn how to hold everything properly. I am also much more aware of how I am moving so as not to aggravate it: no more sweeping, vacuuming, lifting my kids, basically anything that twists. This makes me feel terribly lazy, but at least I am not in terrible pain all the time. The chiro also said to not cross my legs when sitting.
strange my physio (yes thats the same as a PT in america we call them physiotherapists over here) said it was odd that i found crossing my bad leg over my less bad leg more comortable as many cant because of it.. but i think its because my hypermobility is soooo extreme (i score 9/9 plus allthe extra bonus points on the beighton score, and can do all extra easy at that!) its a bit different.. i now have to pick my hips up to turn as just rolling knocks alignment out, i have to wear pyjamas to bed so i can pick up the seat and move myself around.. its a bit rediculous, my memory foam matttress was helping tonnes but last night i had a tonne of clicks and now its really really bad again so i think ive knocked everything out again.. ouch..
unfortunately i cant swim, or go in water without fainting (when i come out if its cold or both in/out if its warm) so im banned, because i keep thinking that this would feel pretty amazing right now!!