USE OF NMT DURING PREGNANCY
DAM Physiotherapy Studio
Using NeuroMuscular Taping as part of our daily practice in our offices, we noticed its effectiveness for treating those pains that accompany pregnancy. In these cases, obviously, pain is difficult to treat manually, with drugs or traditional physical therapy. NeuroMuscular Taping was found to be perfectly suited to treatment of these patients: it works 24/7, uses no drugs, is hypoallergenic, easy to apply and does not limit the daily life of pregnant women. Furthermore, the women are very free, since burdensome, repeated sessions following closely on one another are unnecessary.
In this report, our experience with patients treated between November 2008 and October 2009 using NeuroMuscular Taping with no other treatment methods is discussed.
23 women, between 26 and 38 years old, were treated. All underwent therapy after their 6th month of pregnancy. They were seeking treatment for lumbar pain, having its initial onset during pregnancy, due to lumbar hyperlordosis and frequently accompanied by sciatica.
About 50% of the women were walk-ins at our clinic. The others were invited by Dr. Simonetta Giuntelli, Gynecologist at the Sacco Hospital and at the Madonnina Clinic, both in Milan. We had discussed NeuroMuscular Taping with Dr. Giuntelli previously. She then developed a direct appreciation of the technique through the satisfaction of some of her patients who were treated with this method.
The expectant mothers were treated with two methods described below:
- Application of two I-shaped strips to the lumbar region parallel to the spinal column between T12 and S1, using the decompressive technique (see photograph 1)
- Application of two Y-shaped strips to the lumbar region parallel to the spinal column between T12 and S1, using the decompressive technique (see photograph 2)
In only one case did we add tape strips to treat the piriformis muscle, as that patient complained of severe sciatica.
At the end of the observation period, comparison of the two treatment methods showed no significant differences in the degree of satisfaction expressed by the women.
Therapy comprised a tape application once a week for the remainder of the pregnancy. All the women were asked to complete a VAS assessment, at the first and at each subsequent session, to evaluate their satisfaction in terms of pain alleviation. Initial VAS assessments ranged between 7 and 9. However, by just the second session, pain levels had decreased by between 30 and 50%. Most gratifying for us was seeing the relief and happiness of these future mothers with the realization that they could enjoy a better lifestyle without the prospect of pain. As the treatments proceeded, results were maintained: 40% of the cases showed further improvement in symptoms. Yet, no case achieved a VAS value of 0.
This expericence showed us the significance of a contraindication free therapy, enabling us to directly and immediately offer effective treatment to patients whose condition does not often facilitate rapid results using traditional methods.