Health Care and Pregnancy Massage

Your Best Health Care: Health Care and Pregnancy Massage

Health Care and Pregnancy Massage

A growing trend in pre-natal
care is pregnancy massage.
Massage
therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care,
according to Massage Envy. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and
promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts
experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg
cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
In
addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood
and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better
sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
More information is available at this site:
https://www.massageenvy.com/massage/massage-types/prenatal-massage/ .
If you’re
visiting or living in the UK, here’s a website that can direct you to a local
massage therapist for this type of care:  http://www.bodyworkmassage.co.uk/
.
According
to Massage Envy,
massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful
complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce
stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal
discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff
neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition, it can
help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
While a massage can’t promise that your newborn will
sleep through the night, it can provide you with a better night’s sleep both
during pregnancy and afterwards. Regular massage therapy not only helps
diminish anxiety and discomfort but boosts relaxation as well. This ultimately
can lead to improved sleep patterns. In addition, the serotonin, endorphins and
dopamine released by your body in response to massage provide an extra helping
of those natural chemicals. More details on this subject are located at this
site: https://www.massageenvy.com/massage/massage-types/prenatal-massage/
.
According to the American Pregnancy Association,  massage
therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on
nearby muscles. Many women have experienced a significant reduction in sciatic
nerve pain during pregnancy through massage. Although most massage training
institutions teach massage therapy for women who are pregnant, it is best
to find a massage therapist who is certified in prenatal massage. The APA
works with some massage therapists who are trained to work with pregnant
women, but it is still important to ask about qualifications.
As with
any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should
discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address
the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with
knowledgeable professionals, as noted by the APA.

Many professionals
consider the best position for a pregnant woman during massage is
side-lying.
Tables
that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit may not be reliable and
can still apply pressure to the abdomen, or allow the abdomen to dangle,
causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments. Consult your
massage therapist before your first appointment to verify what position
they place their clients in during the massage. Additional info on
pregnancy massage is available at this website: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/prenatal-massage/
.
During
pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that
occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby,
according to chiropractors who specialize in this type of therapy. The following
changes could result in a misaligned spine or joint:
·        
Protruding
abdomen and increased back curve
·        
Increased
weight
·        
Pelvic
changes
·        
Postural
adaptations, including ligament relaxation due to the increased production of relaxin
(a hormone produced during pregnancy which causes the pregnant woman’s body to
increase its elasticity preparatory for birth)
Establishing
pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care
during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of
room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine
constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get
into the best possible position for delivery. The nervous system is the master
communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system.
Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively. More information
is located at this site: http://www.northtexasspinalhealth.com/pregnancy—prenatal-care.html
.
A
trained prenatal massage therapist knows where a pregnant woman’s sore spots
are likely to be and may be able to provide some relief. (She’ll also know
which areas and techniques to avoid.) Still, it’s important to communicate with
her and tell her where you need attention. Let her know right away if anything
during the massage – including your positioning – is causing you any
discomfort.  More material on pregnancy
massage can be found at this site: https://www.babycenter.com/0_prenatal-massage-help-for-your-pregnancy-aches-and-pains_11931.bc
.
According to this site by What to Expect, http://www.whattoexpect.com/prenatal-massage.aspx
,  massage is a generally benign
treatment. Still, some massage therapists are leery about giving therapeutic
massages during the critical first trimester. In addition, there are pregnancy
complications that can make massage somewhat risky. Check with your
practitioner before receiving a prenatal massage if you have diabetes, have
morning sickness or are vomiting regularly, have been diagnosed with
preeclampsia or high blood pressure, have a fever or a contagious virus, or
have abdominal pain or bleeding.
If you are in the second half of your pregnancy, don’t
lie on your back during your massage; the weight of your baby and uterus can
reduce circulation to your placenta and create more problems than any massage
can cure. The good news is that prenatal massage has become so popular that
many therapists and spas provide specialized services just for moms-to-be (always tell your therapist
you’re pregnant). Plus, there are prenatal massage tables and pillows that can
make the experience safer and more comfortable.

Although there aren’t any unusual physical demands for working with pregnant
women, working with women during the labor process can be very physically
demanding, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. This website
is primarily geared toward information for the practitioner who may be considering
or is already offering pre-natal massage therapy to pregnant women: https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/3/MTJ/detail/2419
.
If you are
pregnant and thinking about getting massage to help with some of the physical
and emotional demands you have during your pregnancy, this therapy may be for
you. Always consult your doctor or medical professional before proceeding with
massage therapy, and always let your therapist know about your situation in
every aspect of your health. In cases where the risk may be greater, it is always
best to err on the side of caution. Seek medical attention immediately if any
problems occur. Safety for you and your baby is always the best course of
action.

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