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Exercise with a pelvic realignment device after giving birth

...what are the effects on low back and pelvic girdle pain?

Optimal positioning of the pelvis and sacroiliac joints during stabilisation exercises is important to reduce or prevent low back pain (LBP) and pelvic girdle pain (PGP) after giving birth.

We compared exercises with a pelvic realignment device to evidence-based stabilisation exercises alone. We found that exercising with a pelvic realignment device resulted in a greater reduction in LBP and PGP at 13 weeks after giving birth, with reduced chance of increasing pain after each session.

Therefore, exercises with the pelvic realignment device may have an advantageous effect over conventional stabilisation exercises alone.

Exercising with the pelvic realignment device improved PGP immediately, and this effect was maintained in the short-term (within 4 weeks).

The realignment device provides postpartum women with a non-invasive intervention method to realign and stabilize the pelvis during standing exercises.

Therefore, an exercise programme with the pelvic realignment device may be an effective means for reducing PGP in the early postpartum period.

> From: Gamada et al., J Rehabil Med 50 (2018) 914-919 . All rights reserved to Foundation of Rehabilitation Information. Click here for the online summary.

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