Betts, Debra

Kongress Rothenburg 2008 - Treating selected conditions in pregnancy

Treating selected conditions in pregnancy and the use of the use of
acupressure for pain relief in labour

Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment during pregnancy as it offers drug free options for a
multitude of problems that can arise during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, in some
instances with greater efficacy than the current conventional western medical care available. This can
be seen through research published in respected medical journals:
- Acupuncture recommended as superior to physiotherapy for pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy with
acupuncture the treatment of choice for patients with symphysis, pubis and sacroiliac pain (Elden
et al BMJ 2005).
- Moxibustion treatment at 34 weeks increased cephalic presentation at 36 weeks and at delivery
compared to women offered external cephalic version (ECV) at 36 weeks (Cardini et al JAMA
- Acupuncture differential diagnosis was more effective in treating pregnancy nausea than a single
point treatment (PC 6), placebo or no treatment (Smith et al Birth 2002).
In clinical practice this is reflected when treatment results are objectively observed through western
medical parameters such as:
- Elevated blood pressure readings and liver enzyme blood tests reducing in women diagnosed with
early pre-eclampsia.
- Haemoglobin and ferritin blood test levels showing significant rises that are greater than expected
and cannot be attributed to iron therapy alone.
- Posterior babies turning anterior at 38 weeks or during labour following treatment.
The use of acupressure during labour – which can be taught to support people prior to labour
commencing, offers effective pain relief in labour without the need for the continual presence of the
As women using acupressure during labour had similar feedback to those using acupuncture for pain
relief (86% reporting a reduction in the intensity of contraction and increased feelings of being in
control and satisfied with their birth experience), support people using acupressure during labour
reduces the need for practitioners to be on call to attend births themselves
Acupressure can also be taught to support people and midwives for problems arising in labour such
- Premature rupture of membranes
- Cervical lip
- Posterior position and deflexed heads
- For panic during transition
- Delayed second stage
- Retained placenta
This workshop will examine both the published research and clinical feedback from using obstetric
acupuncture and acupressure, offering practitioners informed choices to expand the range of
treatments they offer to women through out pregnancy and childbirth
Diese Aufnahme besteht aus 5 CD's.
Audio CDAudio-CD 360 min
Jahr: 2008
Sprache: Englisch/Deutsch

Preis: 32,00 €
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zuzüglich Versandkosten