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Trade Secrets for an Injury-Free Childbirth, Relieving Pelvic Girdle Pain, and Creating Powerful Pelvic Muscles, by Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS

This is not just another pregnancy book. Ending Pain In Pregnancy is the best collection of trade secrets from the front lines of physical therapy, all in a self-help format that will turn you into a warrior when it comes to relieving discomfort, remaining active and strong, and preparing for labor and delivery. Having successfully treated over 5,000 pregnant women, Isa Herrera and her amazing team have compiled this resource that is sure to be the go-to book for moms-to-be and practitioners alike.

Ending Pain In Pregnancy, by Isa Herrera, is the first comprehensive book to give women and practitioners the tools and trade secrets to treat and prevent the pains that can occur during and after pregnancy.

As a physiotherapist and trainer treating pregnant women for two decades, Ms. Herrera found that many physical therapists and especially patients did not have the tools to relieve common pregnancy-related conditions such as low back pain, sciatica, incontinence, pubic bone and pelvic pain. Ending Pain In Pregnancy shares Herrera's Renew Program for WomenTM, her trade secrets and easy-to-learn self-healing and pain-relieving tools. These include core exercises, self-massage, exercise and pelvic muscle training, which will improve your quality of life during pregnancy and prepare women for delivery and motherhood.

In Ending Pain In Pregnancy Herrera writes, "I put together my most tried-and-true tools, techniques and exercises that, when incorporated into a pregnant woman's day-to-day routine, brings profound pain relief, restores function, rebuilds strength, improves stability, and most importantly transforms the body so that you are ready to push, give birth and ultimately recover...The medical community may tell you to live with these aches and pains, that they are an inescapable part of pregnancy. But this is absolutely not true. You can help yourself and you don't have to live with pain."

Herrera's previous book, Ending Female Pain, A Woman's Manual, now in its 2nd expanded edition with a companion DVD, continues to be the most comprehensive resource to address women's pelvic floor conditions and post-pregnancy pelvic and scar pain. Herrera's physiotherapy techniques, self-care practices, relaxation tips, and pain-relieving techniques have enabled countless patients to return to a pain-free lifestyle. Ms. Herrera's mission is to educate women everywhere who suffer needlessly, helping them to become the heroines of their own stories and to regain pain free lives. Ending Pain In Pregnancy is just the resource women need to achieve that goal.

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10 Key Points in Ending Pain In Pregnancy, by Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS

1. 1 in 5 pregnant women have pain in the pelvic area, medically called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). Most OB/GYN and Midwives do not treat SPD, yet it can compromise a woman's mobility and increase her need for pain medications. EPP (Ending Pain In Pregnancy) educates women how to treat and prevent SPD themselves.

2. More than 50% of women will experience lower back and pelvic pain, also called Posterior Lumbar Pelvic Pain (PLPP). Only 32% of pregnant women with lower back pain inform their prenatal care providers and, of those, 25% are given treatment recommendations. EPP teaches women how to end their suffering with methods developed by Herrera over 10+ years treating pregnant women.

3. 85% of all pregnant women experience some form of tearing or perineal trauma during childbirth. EPP provides readers with the labor preparation and childbirth strategies needed to avoid tearing.

4. Tearing or perineal injury is a serious complication of vaginal delivery that, depending on the degree of the tear, can have a severe impact on a woman's quality of life, causing sexual pain and limited mobility in the post-partum period. EPP includes sample birth plans to help women avoid unnecessary trauma during labor and delivery.

5. EPP provides perineal self-massage techniques, which can dramatically reduce tearing during birth.

6. Pregnant women with a diastasis recti separation (DRA) have a higher likelihood of sexual pain , low back pain, and prolapse . EPP provides the most up to date and scientifically backed program for controlling DRA during pregnancy.

7. Incontinence of the bladder and bowel can occur when pelvic floor muscles are weakened during pregnancy. EPP demonstrates specific pelvic floor exercises, which reduce the likelihood of incontinence.

8. The lithotomy position (lying on the back with legs up) is one of the most common positions for childbirth and is found to have a higher rate of perineal laceration. Birth position strategies for specific physical symptoms are covered in EPP.

9. Natural pain relief using Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is commonly used by physical therapists for pain Herrera's book offers how to effectively use TENS to manage pain in labor and delivery.

10. Pelvic joint instability is a common outcome of pregnancy or childbirth. Herrera conveys detailed instructions to use a belting technique to reduce instability and pain.

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What They Are Saying About Ending Pain In Pregnancy

"Thank you for making my pregnancy a positive experience. Before seeing you I didn't even know how to move. You taught me how to take care of myself."
-E.E. (pregnant patient with pubic pain)

"My weekly visits to you were a godsend. You keep me out of pain and you prepared me for labor by keeping me calm and showing me how to use my pelvic floor muscles and my abdominal muscles correctly."
-V.D. (pregnant patient with low back pain)

"Before I came in for treatment I was a mess. I didn't think I could make it through the pregnancy without you. I have a high power job and you made the exercises simple and easy to do at work."
-J. M. (pregnant patient with sacroiliac pain)

"At first I didn't like the belts. I am in the fashion world and I need to look good. But the belts helped me to function. Thank you for showing me how to wear them so they were less conspicuous. Thank you for drilling into me that without those belts I wouldn't be able to function. You were right. I am grateful to all of you."
-K.M. (pregnant patient with sacroiliac joint pain)

"I am convinced that my labor and delivery were easy because of your help. I also had an easier time after the baby came because I followed your exercises. I kept hearing your voice in my head: 'Sit straight'; 'Don't slouch'; 'Don't work all day sitting without standing up.' You saved my life. I recommend all women seek prenatal physical therapy."
- J.V. (pregnant patient with vulvodynia)

"I didn't know anything about the pelvic floor muscles and having to massage these muscles was not high on my list. You showed me how to do this massage correctly and I didn't tear in childbirth. I owe you big time."
-K.W. (pregnant patient with pelvic floor muscle spasms)

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About Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS

Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS owns and operates Renew Physical Therapy, a leading healing center in New York City. She has dedicated her career to helping women find relief from pelvic floor conditions relating to the pre and post natal period in a woman's life. M.s Herrera's approach to healing is holistic, utilizing techniques that tie together mindful-painful body components. She believes that everyone holds the key to their pain relief, all they need is to be shown the way. Her goal is to always empower her patients with the tools they need to succeed on their own.

Ms. Herrera, holds a Masters in Physical Therapy from Hunter College and a BA in Psychology and Biology from Fordham University. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Vulvodynia Association, and International Pelvic Pain Society. She has lectured for the International Cesarean Awareness Network and Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and conducts free community education lectures for patients and practitioners as her passion to spread the word about empowering people with self-help information about pelvic floor physiotherapy.

At her New York City based healing center, Renew Physical Therapy, she and her team specialize in women's pelvic floor conditions, pre and post natal care, and male pelvic floor rehab for prostate conditions. She is an adjunct professor of physical therapy at Hunter College in New York, and has appeared on The Regis and Kelly Show, NBC's Today Show and was featured on PBS' Biography Series on a piece about pelvic pain.

Isa Herrera is the author of four books, Ending Female Pain, A Woman's Manual, The Pregnant Couple's Guide to Working Out Together, Ending Male Pelvic Pain, A Man's Manual, and Ending Pain In Pregnancy, which provide women and men with the techniques and holistic self-care techniques she has developed, laying out a framework that has successfully improved the quality of life for countless numbers of patients.

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Video Excerpt

Isa Herrera, author of Ending Pain in Pregnancy, demonstrates breathing techniques for win reduction and stress relief. The three types of breathing are called Ujjayi Breath, Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing, and Tension Release Breathing. All this and more in the book. Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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