Manual therapists


Physiotherapists have expertise in assessing and treating a range of joint conditions, which includes PGP. This usually involves a full assessment of your joints and muscles, followed by treatment including manual therapy for the affected joints and muscles, as well as specific exercises for your individual problems which can be helpful once the pain is under control. Physiotherapy is available on the National Health Service (NHS) through most maternity units or through your GP. Make sure you find someone who has undergone extra training in treating pelvic joint pain, although this does not need to be a women’s health physiotherapist. Many women tell us that they have found sports injury or musculoskeletal physiotherapists who have treated them with manual therapy techniques and they have made a full recovery.

Also, if you are pregnant make sure whoever refers you is aware that you need to be seen quickly, as sometimes you can be put on a long waiting list by mistake, when being seen quickly can reduce the deterioration of your condition. Alternatively, you can use a private physiotherapist but do try the NHS first.

If you feel you are not progressing and making a full recovery, as with any other medical condition, discuss this with your physiotherapist, or return to your GP and ask for a second opinion. Physiotherapy treatment is safe throughout pregnancy, and can keep you mobile and independent.

Chiropractors and osteopaths

These professionals have extensive training in treating joint and other problems. They can be a good alternative to physiotherapy but they are rarely available on the NHS. Make sure you find someone who is experienced in treating pelvic joint pain. Do be a little wary of signing up for long courses of expensive treatment. If you do not feel any benefits within a couple of treatments discuss this with your therapist and ask why they think this may be. You may choose to ask for another opinion – another practitioner may be a better option than the one you have chosen.

We hold a list of private manual therapists recommended by women with PGP who have been treated successfully, click here to see our ‘Recommended practitioners’ list.

Content reviewed and updated in 2016.

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The Pelvic Partnership consists of volunteers who have had pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and wish to support other women. We aim to pass on information based on both research and the experience of other women with PGP. We are not medical professionals and cannot offer medical advice and the information we provide should not take the place of advice and guidance from your own health-care providers. Material on this site is provided for information and support purposes only.

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