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NEWS: reprint of Cecile Röst's book
Exciting news is the reprint of the Dutch version of the book ‘Relieving Pelvic pain during and after Pregnancy’. It is reprinted in an edition for patients and for professionals. The book includes Cecile' s very practical dvd. The dvd provides a comprehensive video presentation of the basic principles and treatment techniques used by Cecile Röst and colleagues.
REVIEWS of the book 'Relieving pelvic pain during and after pregnancy'
"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
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! -R.A. Green (ACT, Australia)
An absolute "must-have" for current and aspiring mothers, March 3, 2008 Physiotherapist Cecile Rost presents Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy: How Women Can Heal Chronic Pelvic Instability, a straightforward guide written for patients and their health care providers. Black-and-white diagrams illustrate simple exercises that have successfully relieved pelvic pain and its related symptoms for the author herself as well as ninety percent of her clients. Chapters discuss recommendations for preventing pelvic pain and dysfunction, tips on what to expect during and after delivery, pelvic exercises including symmetry exercises, stabilization exercises, and pelvic-floor exercises, and advice especially for therapists discussing everything from risk factors to post pregnancy care. In addition to exercises, Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy also has invaluable recommendations for preventing or reducing strain, such as illustrated step-by-step instructions for physically picking up one's child from bed ("Stand diagonally in relation to the bed. Legs are turned slightly outward. Bend at the knees and hips into a semisquatting position while keeping the spine straight. Position the baby as close to you as possible. Then pick the baby up and straighten your knees and hips while still keeping your back straight.") An absolute "must-have" for current and aspiring mothers, especially recommended as a baby shower gift. Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)