Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000

Description

The aim of this project is to produce a series of short YouTube videos providing key information about how to treat and manage pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP). The videos will include a demonstration of manual therapy treatment by an experienced physiotherapist.

We have received feedback from women asking for more information in a video format so that they can be educated about PGP and its treatment as well as information on self-help. These videos will empower women to ask for the treatment that they need with a manual therapist (physiotherapist, osteopath and chiropractor), or to seek a second opinion if their current healthcare professional is not offering them effective treatment. It will also help to reach women who have difficulty reading or understanding English due to the visual nature of the video and demonstration of treatment.

These videos will also inform healthcare professionals, about treatment techniques required to treat PGP effectively. We have filmed sample footage of one of our pregnant volunteers, and will build on this to produce a comprehensive guide to managing and treating PGP.

These videos will build on our previous Stickmum campaign which was supported by the Big Lottery Fund, and included an information leaflet and a video of the leaflet. This new project will help us to expand our reach, focussing on women’s needs for a detailed visual demonstration of the treatment women with PGP can expect. Women with PGP and healthcare professionals have given positive feedback about the sample footage, and are keen to use the finished product.

This project is needed because treatment offered is variable across the country and women are often wrongly told that nothing can be done to help them. This results in women unnecessarily experiencing severe and long-term pain and disability. This is a small project which will have the potential to reach a wide audience nationwide. An additional aim is to change practice of healthcare professionals, both in practice and in training, by spreading information about best practice nationwide.

We know that early intervention to treat PGP improves outcomes and supports women to return to work, avoid mental health problems, and enjoy motherhood, and hence has a positive impact on their babies and wider family and society.

The project has been developed based on our 15 years of experience working with women with pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain. PGP affects one in five women during or after pregnancy with varying degrees of severity. Most women experience difficulty in moving and bending and if symptoms are severe, women need to use crutches and wheelchairs for mobility. Research shows that 7% of women do not recover if untreated. Women often become housebound; isolated physically and emotionally.

This project will have a significant influence on raising awareness of PGP and its treatment, and will improve the lives of pregnant women nationwide.

The Pelvic Partnership

Location: UK

I am proud of the organisation having transformed expectations that nothing could be done for PGP to understanding that effective treatment is possible. Spending minimal amount on administrative costs, most work is done by our amazing volunteers giving their time to support women.
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