|Learning a few self-help techniques may ease lower back pain that is common during and after pregnancy, research suggests.
In a study of 126 women who experienced continuing back pain after childbirth, researchers found that those who learned self-management techniques from a physical therapist fared better than those who received standard care.
The findings, published in the online journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, suggest that learning how to deal with back pain in day-to-day life can be more useful to women than traditional medical care, where the therapist "has an expert role and sets the treatment goals", according to lead researcher Dr Caroline H. G. Bastiaenen of Maastricht University.
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