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Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy

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Cecile Rost is a physical therapist who suffered pelvic pain during her own three pregnancies. She has developed an effective method to deal with pelvic pain and teaches women and other physical therapists her simple solution. She lives in The Netherlands.


"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 R st'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 R st's research and discusses risk factors and issues relating to consultation and therapy. R st'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, R st 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." -- PortiaLong 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 R st 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

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