Medical Acupuncture relieves Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy

pelvic girdle pain pregnancyPelvic girdle pain in pregnancy (PGP) symptoms are normally felt about the pelvis, the buttocks and groin areas. They are aggravated by walking, bending and lifting which hinder the sufferer’s daily activities. It can also affect sleep with symptoms milder in the morning and worse in the evening.

PGP is the leading cause of sick leave during pregnancy in Sweden and other countries.

75% of women who experience PGP during pregnancy will improve within 12 weeks after delivery, 25% will go on to develop chronic pain.1

Medical acupuncture has been shown:

  • To relieve pelvic and low back pain in late pregnancy.2
    When combined with stabilising exercises, to be an effective compliment to standard treatment.3
  • To be more effective in providing PGP relief compared to stabilising exercises when used on own.3
  • To reduce pain, improve daily activities, improve emotional reactions and loss of energy according to the Nottingham Health Profile questionnaire.4
  • Combine well with pelvic support belts in the treatment of PGP.5
  • To also be an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy.6

Medical acupuncture treatment has resulted in no maternal or obstetric negative side effects such as premature delivery in 417 pregnant women treated and after 3152 treatments.3,6,7,8

If you need help and would like to explore a medical acupuncture based course of treatment, and for further information, please call the clinic on 01-2834303.

1. Elden H, Hagberg H, Fagevik Olsen M, Ladfors L, Ostgaard HC. Regression of pelvic girdle pain after delivery: follow-up of a randomised single blind controlled trial with different treatment modalities. Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica. 2008 Jan 1;87(2):201-8.
2. Kvorning N, Holmberg C, Grennert L, Åberg A, Åkeson J. Acupuncture relieves pelvic and low‐back pain in late pregnancy. Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica. 2004 Mar 1;83(3):246-50.
3. Elden H, Ladfors L, Olsen MF, Ostgaard HC, Hagberg H. Effects of acupuncture and stabilising exercises as adjunct to standard treatment in pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain: randomised single blind controlled trial. Bmj. 2005 Mar 31;330(7494):761.
4. Lund I, Lundeberg T, Lönnberg L, Svensson E. Decrease of pregnant women's pelvic pain after acupuncture: a randomized controlled single‐blind study. Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica. 2006 Jan 1;85(1):12-9.
5. Gutke A, Betten C, Degerskär K, Pousette S, Fagevik Olsén M. Treatments for pregnancy‐related lumbopelvic pain: a systematic review of physiotherapy modalities. Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica. 2015 Nov 1;94(11):1156-67.
6. Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J. Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. Birth. 2002 Mar 1;29(1):1-9.
7. Wedenberg K, Moen B, Norling Å. A prospective randomized study comparing acupuncture with physiotherapy for low‐back and pelvic pain in pregnancy. Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica. 2000 May 1;79(5):331-5.
8. Ramnerö A, Hanson U, Kihlgren M. Acupuncture treatment during labour—a randomised controlled trial. BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics & gynaecology. 2002 Jun 1;109(6):637-44.

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