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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter House; 1 edition (June 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897934806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897934800
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.” — PortiaLong 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

About the Author

Cecile Röst 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.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Girabbit on January 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Having suffered with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (a.k.a. SPD, Diastis Symphysis Pubis, pelvic girdle pain, and pregnancy-related pelvic pain) for most of two pregnancies now, I was very intrigued by this book that my sister gave me for Christmas. It was written by a physical therapist from the Netherlands who has had pelvic problems during her own pregnancies, and developed exercises to reduce the pain of SPD.

One of the most interesting things about this book is that it goes counter to what I've often read (mostly on the Internet, since this is the first book I've ever come across that discussed this issue). Most advice runs along the lines of "keep your knees together ALL THE TIME." Rolling over, getting out of the car, when seated, etc. The author of this book says that this only exacerbates the problem (which is caused by misalignment in the sacro-iliac joint) and that symmetrical and stabilized movement is most important. Many of the exercises involve a knees-apart posture (which I would have thought would be excruciating to me, but I've found they actually help!), stretching and strengthening the muscles around the hips to help stabilize them.

I like the author's methodology (large-scale research, well documented) and personal approach. I do have some beefs with the book, including a less-than-ideal layout (illustrations for exercises on different pages than the explanations) and some vagueness in the directions for the exercises (how long do I hold it? how many repetitions? how far away from me should my feet be? should I hold my back flat to the floor? Etc.) Overall, however, I felt the book was both a good overview of the causes of pregnancy-related pelvic pain that included an in-depth look of how it affects the lives of those who live with it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Doc on December 24, 2007
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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. Often at that point I find that women are so exhausted and aggravated by their condition that a referral to physical therapy is unwelcome - as she feels she "hurts too much to exercise" and that adding "another thing to do" merely adds to her burden. Reviewing the "symmetry" and "stabilization" exercises in the office will be a good starting point and hopefully provide some encouragement.

In reading straight through the book I have some suggestions that might make the next edition more user-friendly. The illustrations in the book are very, very helpful and necessary in instructing women who are not familiar with the "medical" terminology (transverse abdominals, internal rotation, abduction, etc). In several cases, however, the instructions for doing an exercise were located on a different page than the illustration and necessitated flipping back and forth, which is especially aggravating if you are following along and actually attempting to physically DO the exercise at the same time (which I was). Similarly, adding an "Exercising at Home" summary at the end of the book (like the "How to Test Yourself" section) that women could refer to would be helpful - perhaps even a tear-out mini-poster to tape to the wall?

Aside from a few nit-picky details (such as "In Figure 6.1C should we really be having her look UP, exaggerating the cervical lordosis, rather than tucking the chin downward and continue the stretching and straightening of the spine?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Green on April 23, 2008
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Most of the time when people ask what has happened to me and I say that I developed Severe Pelvic Instabilty during pregnancy, they have no idea what I am talking about. So it is wonderful to have a resource available by someone who not only knows what it is, but has experienced it as well.
This book goes through some of the factors that may have contributed to your development of PI, it explains what exactly is happening within your pelvis, and has a program of exercises to help relieve the pain and stabilize the pelvis. It also has a lot of interesting research and studies that the autor has conducted, and is separated into two sections - for the sufferer and for her therapist.
I have found it an interesting and insightful read, however it does not replace the care and advice of a health professional. It also doesn't give much advice or attention to Symphysis Pubis joint (the front of the pelvis) complaints, focusing on the Sacroilic joints (where the pelvis meets the spine). As I have both, some of the suggestions and advice are the complete opposite of things that helped me with the Symphysis Pubis pain.
Even though I am still suffering from PI problems, I have found this book very helpful and would recommend it to every woman suffering from pelvic pain. Now that I am getting a little more mobile I intend to try more of these exercises and techniques, and if I can avoid a wheelchair, bedrest, crutches and a long recovery for our next child, then any effort is worth it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Crawford on April 28, 2011
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I love this book. I have pelvic instability and think I developed it to varying degrees with each pregnancy, getting worse with each one. By the fourth pregnancy I could barely walk at all. However I didn't complain as I'd read in a pregnancy book that some pelvic pain was common--my doctor would probably have told me mine was much worse than normal but I didn't tell her (and I doubt she saw me walk.) After the last pregnancy it didn't go away fairly quickly like the other times. A year later it still bothered me when I tried to push or lift things, and I couldn't run. I thought I needed to exercise and started following a video workout. Not good--I made the problem so much worse I could barely walk. I couldn't afford to see a doctor and I found this book. The exercises were simple and the pain SO much better after the first day of doing the alignment and stabilization exercises. A few weeks later I could RUN in short bursts. Several months later and only awkward lifting hurts me, or overdoing it running around. (I'd probably be even better if I hadn't quit while sick several times in the last few months)
Probably best to use this with a physical therapist so they can help with any questions and to make sure the exercises are done correctly. But for me who couldn't afford the doctor, this was a God-send. I only wish I'd found it sooner. I can finally run after my toddler!
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