Massage and Pregnancy: Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Massage and Pregnancy: Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Hello everyone, today I’ll want to talk about specific Massage treatments for pregnant women and why this treatment is prevalent in our Family Wellness Center.

Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the body’s muscle groups. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.

Hormone Regulation

Studies in the past ten years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to women’s prenatal care. This leads to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health.

Reduction of Swelling

Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissue to reduce the collection of fluids in swollen joints. This also improves the removal of tissue waste carried by the body’s lymphatic system.

Nerve Pain

Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rest on the muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on the nearby nerves. 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.

In our center, 3 Generations Care, we provide massage therapy for pregnancy; we have special pillows and wide, warm tables for your comfort and relaxation during your treatment.

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