“Soft Tissue Mobilization for Lumbopelvic Pain in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy”
Back pain is one of the most common complaints in pregnancy. It is caused by the growing pregnant abdomen which then strains the lower back and pelvis. Often Obstetricians recommend rest, Tylenol, pelvic support belts, or exercise. Typically, these do not provide the patient much relief. A physical therapy treatment known as soft tissue mobilization (tSTM) has been shown to be helpful in treating various types of pain. This study will explore whether tSTM can improve back pain in pregnancy.
Procedure - Soft Tissue Mobilization
The technique has been described previously in other descriptions. However, the main goal of this treatment is to address the LDSIL in the manner described previously in order to mobilize the soft tissue in the area.
Procedure - Soft Tissue Massage
For sMass, the subject will be positioned on her side opposite to the most painful side of the lumbosacral spine with the hips flexed to 45 degrees and knees flexed to 90 degrees (with a pillow positioned between them). The investigator will perform superficial (light stroke) massage to the painful side of the lumbosacral region for 5 minutes
Soft Tissue Mobilization for Lumbopelvic Pain in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy