Are you pregnant and in need of some TLC? Do you feel tired, achy, or sore due to excess weight gain due to pregnancy? If so, therapeutic message may be the solution for you.
Are there benefits to having massages while pregnant?
For centuries, therapeutic massage has been used to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and improve overall health. Until recently, the health community has been indecisive in regards to the safety of massage during pregnancy. However, research has proven that massage therapy for pregnant women can be beneficial to a woman’s prenatal care and should be considered. Training institutions that teach massage for pregnant women certify therapists in prenatal massage. It is impAre there special massage techniques for women who are pregnant?ortant to find a qualified massage therapist to use for your massage during pregnancy.
Some of the benefits of massage for pregnant women are:
- Reduction in anxiety
- Decreased symptoms of depression
- Relief from muscle and joint pain
- Improved newborn health and delivery outcomes
Over the past 10 years, studies have shown that stress hormones in pregnant women are reduced when massages are given on a regular basis during pregnancy. Noepinephrine and cortisol, known as stress hormones, affect hormone levels and when reduced by massage lead to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health. Massage also increased dopamine and serotonin levels which aided in decreasing depression. Positive changes in hormone levels have also shown fewer complications for women during birth along with lowered instances of complications for newborns. When therapeutic massage is given on a regular basis for pregnant women, evidence points to the health benefits for both mother and child.
Edema, or swelling of the joints, is a common complaint of pregnant women and is caused by a decrease in circulation and increased pressure to the blood vessels. Edema during pregnancy is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Through massage, the soft tissue is stimulated which reduces edema and improves the function of the lymph system. Massage also helps to reduce the collection of fluids in swollen joints, which improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.
During late pregnancy, the uterus rests on the lower pelvis and lower back causing many women to experience sciatic nerve pain. This pressure causes the muscles of the leg to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Prenatal massage therapy helps to release the tension of the inflamed nerves significantly reducing sciatic nerve pain.
Are there special massage techniques for women who are pregnant?
The massage technique of Swedish Massage is recommended for pregnancy massages due to the relief of skeletal and circulatory discomfort brought on by hormone changes during pregnancy. Swedish Massage also improves blood and lymphatic circulation while relaxing muscle tension throughout the body.
Discuss any prenatal massage therapies with your healthcare provider. Body position is extremely important during any prenatal massage. Most professionals agree that the side-lying position is the best position. Some therapists use tables with belly holes allowing the woman’s abdomen to dangle, which may cause unnecessary stretching of the uterine ligaments.
As with any health care decision, seeking a certified prenatal massage therapist is important. Prenatal massage therapy training is received beyond the national standards for massage therapists. During this training, therapists are taught the specific pregnancy massage techniques and the areas of the pregnant body that are sensitive.
Pressure points on the wrists and ankles can be manipulated to stimulate the pelvic muscles. Trained, certified prenatal massage therapists will avoid these areas during pregnancy. If a woman is experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions, she should alert her massage therapist so that these pressure points can be completely avoided.
Can I get a pregnancy massage in Sacramento?
Pregnant women seeking to relieve stress, joint pain, and swelling can come to Active Bodywork’s professional certified massage therapists for their prenatal massage in Sacramento. Active Bodywork specializes in helping people find relief from injuries related to sport or workplace events along with pregnancy. Each client’s individual needs are met by our professionals, with over twenty years of hands-on experience.
Massage can improve a pregnant woman’s overall prenatal health. Incorporating massage therapy into routine prenatal care can be a supplement to emotional and physical health and an important part of the prenatal health care plan. Consulting you obstetrician before beginning any new therapeutic regime is advised.
Todd Neider, LMT, NCTMB Practitioner is not only a certified massage therapist, but an athlete as well. His passion for all things sports related has led him to continuously learn and develop his athletic skills and knowledge in chiropractic techniques and massage therapy.
Active Bodywork serves the people of Sacramento, California, and the surrounding areas. We specialize in sports related injuries, workplace injuries, and now prenatal massage therapy. Our team can help you relieve stress, swelling, and joint pain related to your pregnancy.
Contact Todd at (916) 705-1531 or email at Todd@activeboywork.net today to schedule your appointment.