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British Medical Journal study finds Acupuncture effectively treats pelvic pain during pregnancy.

A study published in the British Medical Journal indicates that the use of acupuncture to combat pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women is an effective pain relief strategy. Pelvic girdle pain is a common complaint among pregnant women, but there is no cure for the condition.

Researchers found that women receiving acupuncture in addition to standard treatments for pelvic girdle pain (such as pelvic belts and exercise programs) showed less pain than the group not receiving acupuncture. The study also found that the use of stabilizing exercises to improve mobility and strength also led to a reduction of pain, but not as much as the acupuncture.

Study Details

  • Acupuncture and strengthening exercises help relieve pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy and are effective complements to standard treatment, finds a study published online by the BMJ.
  • Pelvic girdle pain is a common complaint among pregnant women worldwide.
  • Researchers in Sweden identified 386 pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain.
  • Women were randomly divided into three groups; one received standard treatment (a pelvic belt and a home exercise programme), another received standard treatment plus acupuncture, and the third received standard treatment plus stabilising exercises to improve mobility and strength.
  • Pain levels were recorded every morning and evening using a recognised scale and all womenwere assessed by an independent examiner at the end of the treatment period.
  • After treatment, both the acupuncture group and the stabilising exercise group had less pain than the standard group in the morning and in the evening.
  • Reduction of pelvic girdle pain as assessed by the independent examiner was greatest in the acupuncture group.
  • Acupuncture or stabilising exercises as an adjunct to standard treatment offers clear clinical advantages over standard treatment alone for reduction of pain inpregnant womenwith pelvic girdle pain, say the authors.
  • Acupuncture was superior to stabilising exercises in this study, they conclude.

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