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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 May - Jun;46(3):334-346. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.12.006. Epub 2017 Mar 14.

Physical Activity and Yoga-Based Approaches for Pregnancy-Related Low Back and Pelvic Pain.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To conduct an integrative review to evaluate current literature about nonpharmacologic, easily accessible management strategies for pregnancy-related low back and pelvic pain (PR-LBPP).

DATA SOURCES:

PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

STUDY SELECTION:

Original research articles were considered for review if they were full-length publications written in English and published in peer-reviewed journals from 2005 through 2015, included measures of pain and symptoms related to PR-LBPP, and evaluated treatment modalities that used a physical exercise or yoga-based approach for the described conditions.

DATA EXTRACTION:

Electronic database searches yielded 1,435 articles. A total of 15 articles met eligibility criteria for further review.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

These modalities show preliminary promise for pain relief and other related symptoms, including stress and depression. However, our findings also indicate several gaps in knowledge about these therapies for PR-LBPP and methodologic issues with the current literature.

CONCLUSION:

Although additional research is required, the results of this integrative review suggest that clinicians may consider recommending nonpharmacologic treatment options, such as gentle physical activity and yoga-based interventions, for PR-LBPP and related symptoms.

KEYWORDS:

back pain; physical activity; pregnancy; yoga

PMID:
28302455
DOI:
10.1016/j.jogn.2016.12.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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