Pelvic Girdle Pain Study Findings

In 2017, we conducted a subgroup analysis of an observational study that aimed to assess outcomes within the group of participants who presented with and without Pelvic Girdle Pain. The study investigated outcomes from massage when used to help pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain. Our findings have now been published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork—Volume 13, Number 2, June 2020. You can read the full paper here.

Our results found that pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy is best treated with a hands-on approach. PGP greatly impacts the lives of women in their pregnancy this study demonstrates that massage can reduce the symptoms and also improve overall wellbeing. Our study showed reduced pain and improvement of movement, this having an overall positive effect including their general health and wellbeing during pregnancy.

Pelvic girdle pain is a common problem experienced during pregnancy that affects pregnant women significantly, and treatment options are needed. We are now undertaking a further feasibility study on PGP: “The effectiveness of massage in treating pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain: a randomised-controlled crossover feasibility study”. This continued study aims to investigate outcomes from massage and from exercise when used to help pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain. We are committed to bringing evidence based practice creating solutions for women who experience pain and discomfort in their pregnancy. We are still looking for volunteers for this research, so if you are interested in participating, you can find out more here.

Feasibility Study – Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic girdle pain is a common problem experienced during pregnancy that affects pregnant women significantly. Treatment options are needed for pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy. This study aims to investigate outcomes from massage and from exercise when used to help pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain.   Participants will receive: two massage treatments and two exercise appointments. Location: In-person appointments approximately once per week at Mt Waverley or Upper Ferntree Gully (in Victoria) for four appointments.  

You are eligible if you:
– Have self-reported pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (pain between the top and bottom of the buttock or pubic bone).
– Are 18 years of age or greater
– Are between 13 and 30 weeks of pregnancy
– Are able to get on and off a massage table
– A able to attend four treatment appointments between 7 and 11 days apart.  

If you’re unsure if you meet the requirements, you would like more information or you would like to participate, please email Dr Sarah Fogarty from the study team at or   (This study has ethics approval from Western Sydney University Human Ethics Committee: H13613).

NurtureLife® Massage Courses

Becoming a NurtureLife® Practitioner will give you advanced skills and insight into caring for women during the perinatal period and beyond. Once certified via our comprehensive training program, NurtureLife® Practitioners deliver specialised massage treatment that focuses on nurturing both mother, baby and partner.

If you would like to know more about how to become part of a collaborative team of highly sort after unique pregnancy massage specialists, visit our Contact Us page for more details.

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Pillow Talk

Let’s talk about massage treatment for a pregnant woman; how and why it is varied from other massage treatments, and how the choice of client lying position and pillow support can gain the optimum benefit during the massage treatment.

The side lying position resembles a foetal position, and offers many physical and psychological comforts for a pregnant client. Pregnancy massage becomes part of her on-going perinatal support and care plan. The side lying position offers a range of very positive responses for Mum, baby and therapist. This position enables easy access to all areas of the body – it is important to treat the whole body in pregnancy so the overall outcome of the treatment is wholly beneficial.

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