The effectiveness of craniosacral therapy compared to standard treatment for pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy: A quasi experimental study
Keywords:Pelvic girdle pain, craniosacral therapy, pregnant women, posterior pelvic provocation test
Introduction and Aim: Pelvic girdle pain is one of major pregnancy discomforts affecting about 50% of pregnant women. There is no evidence that standard treatment is completely effective for pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women. Hence there is a requirement for newer safer therapies such as craniosacral therapy. The aim of this study is to evaluate effectiveness of craniosacral therapy in reducing pain and improving daily life activities which is restricted in pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain.
Materials and Methods: In this quasi-experimental study, we recruited 30 pregnant women who were clinically diagnosed with pelvic girdle pain using convenient sampling technique. They were divided into control and craniosacral therapy treated group. Using NPRS and PGQ, their pain intensity and disability values were recorded and compared pre and post treatment using mean and standard deviation. The paired ‘t’ test was used for statistical analysis.
Results: Group A post treatment NPRS value range was mean = 3.00, SD = 0.85 and PGQ post treatment was mean = 36.87, SD = 4.91. Group B post treatment NPRS value mean = 1.87, SD = 0.83 and PGQ post treatment value was mean = 26.53, SD = 4.42. Since between group significant difference was p<0.0001 it was statistically significant.
Conclusion: Craniosacral therapy was found to be effective than standard treatment for pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy.
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