Acupuncture for Pain Relief During Pregnancy
A recent study investigated the effects of acupuncture on pelvic and low-back pain in women during their last trimester of pregnancy. Read below for details or check out the study here.
Methods: 72 pregnant women reporting pelvic and low-back pain were divided into an experimental and control group. The experimental group subjects received acupuncture treatments customized to their individual pain patterns. They received treatments once or twice a week until delivery or complete recovery. The control group subjects did not receive any treatment. Every week, the subjects made visual analogue scale evaluations of pain intensity, as well as three-point assessments of pain intensity during specific activities.
Results: Over the course of the study, the visual analogue scores of pain intensity decreased in 60% of subjects in the acupuncture group. In the control group, it decreased by only 14%. At the end of the study, 43% of those who received acupuncture reported less pain during the activities. Only 9% reported a decrease in the control group. Most importantly, there were no adverse effects in either the women who received acupuncture or their infants.
Conclusion: This study shows acupuncture can relieve low-back and pelvic pain during late pregnancy without negative side effects.
At OMBE, we have two acupuncturists on staff who specialize in women’s health. Call or book online to schedule an appointment or free, 30-minute consult.
Kvorning, Nina, et al. (2004). Acupuncture relieves pelvic and low-back pain in late pregnancy. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica (83)3, 246–250.