I’m Kevin Hansen, an obstetric physical therapy specialist who practices in Bellevue, WA with 20 years of experience helping women overcome pregnancy-related pain.
Over the years, I’ve learned the best ways to relieve pregnancy-related pain and want to share my insights with the community.
Can you feel how your pelvis wants to rock forward / downward in response to your baby’s front loaded weight?
Did you know that most of the common pain symptoms of pregnancy are caused by this fundamental stress to the pelvis?
Thankfully, once you learn how to reduce this stress, you can successfully relieve most pregnancy-related discomfort. This includes: low back pain, buttock pain, hip pain, pelvic pain (symphysis pubis dysfunction) “SPD”, and leg pain “maternity sciatica”.
In the blog, we’ll learn about how pregnancy-induced pelvic stress can create pain over multiple body zones, why focusing on resetting and supporting your upright pelvis is your key to effective relief, as well as the best action steps you can take to help reduce this fundamental stress to your pelvis. In addition, we’ll bring this information to life with ongoing, real world, applications in which my patients use this knowledge to help relieve a variety of different pregnancy-related pain symptoms.
At our clinic, we utilize a specific two-step HOME PROGRAM to reduce this fundamental stress and get relief. The first step involves two specific exercises that work together to reset and support your upright pelvis. These exercises are so focused and effective that this is often all you need to do to get relief. The second step is the added use of a new type of maternity support, called, MATERNALIFT. This step is added if you are unable to sustain your improved comfort as you function throughout the day.
An invention of necessity and done to help our patients with pelvic instability, I co-created MATERNALIFT with woman’s fashion designer, Jessica St. Marie. Unlike traditional maternity support belts and braces, MATERNALIFT is designed to support the upright pelvis. We find it more effective in reducing pregnancy-related pelvic stress and providing relief for the common pain symptoms of pregnancy.
To get the most out of this blog, I encourage you to first read the post on the underlying cause of pregnancy-related back / pelvic pain, then the posts on the best pelvic tilt and core exercises, and then the post on the use of maternity support. This will give you the sequence of information needed to execute our home program.
Follow along to learn how to relieve your pregnancy-related pain and feel free to post questions in the comments section.
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