The Effectiveness of Massage in Managing Pregnant Women with Pelvic Girdle Pain: a Randomised Controlled Crossover Feasibility Study

  • Sarah Fogarty Western Sydney University
  • Catherine McInerney Pregnancy Massage Australia
  • Jane Chalmers University South Australia and Western Sydney University
  • Kym Veale Womankind Physiotherapy
  • Phillipa Hay Western Sydney University
Keywords: Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, massage, exercise, feasibility study

Abstract

Introduction: Pelvic girdle pain is a common problem experienced during pregnancy, with high incidence rates and significant impacts on quality of life. Remedial massage might be able to provide some reduction in pain.

Aim: This study aimed to investigate the feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial on the effectiveness of massage in treating pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain to determine its merits and viability for use in a large-scale study.

Methods: A two-arm pilot randomised feasibility crossover-controlled trial. The two treatment phases were a) remedial pregnancy massage, and b) exercise.

Results: Twenty-four women started the study and 19 women completed the study. Data were collected on recruitment and retention rates, crossover study design methodology, participant sub-characteristics, and acceptability of the outcome measures (pain, quality of life, and disability).

Conclusion: Recruiting participants for a pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain study is indeed feasible; however, a crossover study design is not appropriate and future studies should consider a mixed methods study design.

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Published
2023-12-01
How to Cite
Fogarty, S., Catherine McInerney, Jane Chalmers, Kym Veale, & Phillipa Hay. (2023). The Effectiveness of Massage in Managing Pregnant Women with Pelvic Girdle Pain: a Randomised Controlled Crossover Feasibility Study. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 16(4), 5–19. https://doi.org/10.3822/ijtmb.v16i4.877