Acupuncture and Exercise Reduce Pelvic Pain for Pregnant Women

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Nov 01, 2005

Pelvic-girdle pain is a common complaint among pregnant women. Investigators in Gothenburg, Sweden, compared the effectiveness of various treatments. They studied 386 pregnant women from 27 Swedish maternity care centers for a period of 8 weeks, including 6 weeks of treatment. Participants received standard treatment consisting of education plus a pelvic belt and exercises; standard treatment plus acupuncture; or standard treatment plus stability exercises. Members of the acupuncture group experienced the most reduction in pain, followed by members of the stability exercise group. Acupuncture successfully controlled the pain.

Researchers suggest that additional studies be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a combination of therapies, such as acupuncture plus stability exercises. The study was published online, March 18, in the British Medical Journal (2005; 10:1136/bmj.38397.507014.E0).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at