Pregnancy weakens the ligaments that keep the pelvic bones together. If these ligaments become overloaded, pelvic instability can result, leading to pain around the joints that may last for weeks or even years. Cecile Röst, a physical therapist, has devised a treatment program that is simple to undertake and has a 90-percent success rate.
Her book is in two parts. Part One uses over 100 illustrations to illustrate symmetry and stabilization exercises to control the pelvis, and the best positions for sitting, standing, lying, and other daily activities. The exercises do not cause any pain and can be done at home or under supervision
Part Two is for care providers and gives background information about pelvic pain, a protocol for a first consult, and advanced details of the therapy. In Holland, where this treatment originated, physicians and obstetricians are enthusiastic about the author’s work, and many women buy the book to take to their care providers.
REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS
"Pregnant women or new mothers may experience pelvic instability, or pain in their pelvic region, owing to a weakening of the ligaments. This English translation of Dutch physiotherapist and orthopedic-manual therapist Röst's 1998 book is based on techniques the author claims have helped more than 90 percent of her patients overcome pelvic pain and related symptoms and led to relief from her own pelvic instability following her third pregnancy. The book's first four parts, geared toward the patient, explain what pelvic instability is, present exercises to help relieve pain, offer advice on how to go about daily activities, and more. Part 5, written for physiotherapists and health-care professionals, contains analysis of Röst's research and discusses risk factors and issues relating to consultation and therapy. Röst's personal anecdotes about women with this condition whose pain was relieved within days or weeks of performing the exercises are inspiring. Although the illustrated exercises are easy to follow at home, Röst also encourages readers to perform them with a health-care professional. Offering relief to women suffering from this condition, this book is recommended for libraries with consumer health and health sciences collections."
- Library Journal, Rebecca Raszewski, Drexel University Health Sciences Libraries, Philadelphia
"As a healthcare provider I am very excited about a book addressing pregnancy related pelvic pain! It is very frustrating to have a woman in your office tearful and in pain at just the time she should be anticipating the joyous arrival of her new baby and feel that there are very few tools at your disposal to help her…I found the information in the book to be good and useful.”
- Portia Long LibraryThing.com Early Reviewer
Written by a physical therapist who has experienced pregnancy-related pelvic pain firsthand, Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy provides a practical blend of traditional and novel treatment approaches that will help women regain control over their bodies and their lives. Cecile Röst draws upon personal experience, patient interaction, and her own research to deliver a fresh look at this frequently misunderstood condition in a way that benefits both patients and therapists alike."
- Anne Ahlman, MPT
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Chapter 1: What Is Pelvic Instability?
- Chapter 2: How Do You Recognize Pelvic Dysfunction?
- Chapter 3: What Causes Pelvic Instability? A Closer Look
- Chapter 4: Tension and Pain: A Vicious Cycle
- Chapter 5: Exercises to Bring Your Pelvis under Control
- Chapter 6: At-Home Exercises
- Chapter 7: Listen to Your Body
- Chapter 8: Sitting, Standing, and Lying Down
- Chapter 9: Pointers for Everyday Activities
- Chapter 11: What Happens Next? Following Up on Patient Stories
- Chapter 12: Analysis of Research Findings
- Chapter 13: Risk Factors
- Chapter 14: The First Consultation
- Chapter 15: Therapy
- Chapter 16: Delivery
- Chapter 17: Fitness Advice
- Chapter 18: Prognosis
- About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cecile Röst is a physical therapist. She lives in the Netherlands.