From pregnancy belts to belly bands and belly belts, SRC is here to show you more about smart, alternative medical compression wear that can help support you in every stage of your journey. Simply scroll down for articles, case studies, and blogs to help you in your search for the perfect support you can wear today.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Maternity Belts, Pregnancy Belly Belts and Bands
Curious to know more about belly bands and pregnancy belts? We're here to share the pros, cons, and tips so you can choose what suits your needs best for your pregnancy journey and beyond. Read our more about them in the articles below.
"Belts can dig into women whereas the [SRC] shorts are giving you support in all different positions which I really love." - Anna Scammel.
Anna Scammel is a Masters-trained Women's Health & Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist from The Whole Mother who helps optimise your physical health during pregnancy and recovery. See (90 seconds) why she favours SRC Pregnancy Leggings and Shorts over Pregnancy Belts.
Michelle Kenway is a physiotherapist, an internationally renowned author and exercise instructor for women, whose educational videos have been viewed over 45 million times on YouTube, shows how to relieve pelvic girdle pain when sitting, walking and resting. At the 3min15sec mark she explains exactly how the SRC Pregnancy Shorts and Leggings assist in pain relief.
Mother of three, Vanessa, talks about her experience using our SRC Over The Bump Pregnancy shorts and the positive impact they had on her pregnancy journey.
Find out more about compression garments with our articles and sources - all downloadable at your convenience. Simply browse through our collection of case studies, research, and university studies available below.
This case study presents the subject of Pelvic Girdle and Lower Back Pain during pregnancy.
This shares the experience of 28-year old Kate who is pregnant with here first child. She presented a right sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain at 34 weeks. She was unable to lie on her right side, and was aggravated by pain in rolling over, getting in and out of the car and going up and down stairs.
Prior to this, Kate had a trouble free pregnancy with no previous history of pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or lower back pain (LBP). Aside from a reconstruction on her right knee, she had no other significant medical history. She attended pregnancy exercise classes 3X per week. Her symptoms commenced following a class and were further exacerbated by the next two classes. She ceased attending classes prior to seeking treatment.
Kate demonstrated right SIJ ligamentous laxity and poor pelvic muscle control. Her active straight leg raise (ASLR) test was weak, but improved with external compression applied to her pelvis.
Numerous studies demonstrated the effectiveness of using external compression for pregnancy related PGP. Compression devices provide mechanical support for the pelvis and help stabilise muscles.
Kate decided to use the SRC Pregnancy Leggings as her form of external compression along with clinical pilates based rehabilitation of the muscles around the pelvis.
Are SRC Pregnancy Shorts effective in prevention and management of common pain ailments during pregnancy?
This case study was presented at the Australian Physiotherapy Association Momentum 2017 Conference: A Quasi Experimental Study to Evaluate the Use of Compression Garment to Manage Prenatal Pelvic and Low Back Pain by Szkwara J, Hing W, Pope R, and Rathbone E of Bond University in Robina, Australia as of November 2017.
The case study shares the results of 55 women recruited from hospital and community based maternity care providers. They were from ages 23-42 and in their gestational weeks 16-31 experiencing pregnancy ailments (vulval varicosities, pelvic and low back pain).
In the course of 6 weeks, the women who wore the SRC Pregnancy Short had not typically increased in pain at all from their initial levels as their pregnancy progressed making the difference between the groups being statistically significant versus who did not wear the prenatal compression shorts.
Age, gestational weeks at baseline and number of previous births did not influence 6-week NPRS (Numeric Pain Rating Scale) change scores.
In conclusion, the SRC Pregnancy Shorts are proven to be effective, thermally safe, and a non-pharmacological option for prevention and management of pain during pregnancy.
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