Acupuncture treatment: multidimensional assessment of low back pain in pregnant women

Conclusion Acupuncture offered significant effects for reducing or relieving pain in pregnant women. The participants expressed satisfaction and well-being as they left each session.RESUMEN Objetivo Evaluar los efectos de la acupuntura en el tratamiento del dolor lumbar en gestantes en el segundo y tercer trimestre del embarazo. M étodo Estudio cuasi-experimental, antes y después, realizado con gestantes de edad gestacional entre 14 y 37 semanas, que presentaban queja de dolor lumbar. Se llevaron a cabo sesiones de acupuntura, con la aplicación de puntos sistémicos y auriculares. Para evaluación del dolor, se utilizó e l cuestionario McGill, además del instrumento de identificación del perfil sociodemográfico, clínico y obstétrico. Resultados La técnica de acupuntura realizada en hasta seis sesiones, en 56 gestantes con dolor lumbar relatada, proporcionó efectos positivos favorables a la salud de las part icipantes. Según la evaluación de la mensuración del dolor, hubo reducción estadísticamente significativa en el dolor lumbar de las gestantes pronto después de la segunda sesión y disminución gradual con los avances de la cantidad de sesiones. No hubo eventos adversos severos relacionados co n la acupuntura. Conclusión La acupuntura brindó efectos significativos para la reducción o el alivio del dolor en las g...
Source: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP - Category: Nursing Source Type: research

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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Headache Health Pain Management Source Type: blogs
(Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2015;94(11):1156–1167) Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) during pregnancy occurs between the posterior iliac crests and the gluteal folds, and may radiate down the thighs, while low back pain (LBP) is localized beneath the ribs, but above the gluteal folds, and may or may not radiate down the legs. Lumbopelvic pain, which denotes the absence of distinction between PGP and LBP, is experienced by 50% of parturients and its prevalence increases as pregnancy advances. The distinction between PGP and LBP is important in order to select appropriate targeted treatment options. Earlier studies have report...
Source: Obstetric Anesthesia Digest - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Mechanisms, Equipment, Hazards Source Type: research
Conclusion Most women did not report any sick leave or sought any healthcare due to PLBP/PGP the past 6 months at Q3. However, women with ‘continuous’ PLBP/PGP 14 months postpartum did report a higher prevalence and degree of sick leave and sought healthcare to a higher extent compared to women with ‘recurrent’ PLBP/PGP at Q3. Women with more pronounced symptoms might constitute a specific subgroup of patients with a less favourable long-term outcome, thus PLBP/PGP needs to be addressed early in pregnancy to reduce both individual suffering and the risk of transition into chronicity.
Source: Chiropractic and Manual Therapies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: There is low-quality evidence that exercise (any exercise on land or in water), may reduce pregnancy-related low-back pain and moderate- to low-quality evidence suggesting that any exercise improves functional disability and reduces sick leave more than usual prenatal care. Evidence from single studies suggests that acupuncture or craniosacral therapy improves pregnancy-related pelvic pain, and osteomanipulative therapy or a multi-modal intervention (manual therapy, exercise and education) may also be of benefit.Clinical heterogeneity precluded pooling of results in many cases. Statistical heterogeneity was su...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
Pregnancy-related low back pain (LBP) is very common. Evidence from a systematic review supports the use of exercise and acupuncture, although little is known about the care received by women with pregnancy-related back pain in the UK.
Source: Physiotherapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Source Type: research
Condition:   Disorder of PregnancyInterventions:   Other: acupuncture;   Other: usual careSponsor:   Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de ParisCompleted - verified June 2014
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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