By: Erin Ziprick, RMT
At Platinum Health & Wellnes we offer pre-natal as well as post-natal massage. Erin is trained in pregnancy massage and understands the needs for a pregnant body, what techniques to use and how to safely massage to alleviate any discomfort. When looking for a massage treatment during pregnancy, the massage therapist must be aware of the normal and potentially abnormal changes during pregnancy, with a view to preventative treatment, referrals to other health practitioners when necessary and maintenance of the patient’s wellness. It is the utmost importance that you do your research when looking for a massage to make sure you and your baby are safe.
During pregnancy, the women’s body goes through many changes. As the uterus expands with the weight of the growing baby, there is added stress on the women’s neck, shoulders, lower back, and abdominal muscles. An aching lower back is the most common complaint for most pregnant women, while some other symptoms are swollen legs, sore hips, swelling and/or insomnia.
The following are many benefits of receiving massage during the pregnancy:
* Relieves muscle cramps, spasms, and tension in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs
* Decrease the release of stress hormones
* Improves blood and lymph circulation, which helps decrease swelling (lymph)
* Improves sleep
* Soothes tired and tense muscles
* Decreases heart rate and blood pressure
* Can improve labor outcome and ease pain
During a massage the primary treatment goal is to promote a healthy pregnancy by including relaxation techniques and providing a supportive environment. During the first couple of trimesters we offer pregnancy pillows so that the women is laying on her stomach. In the later months, the most common position is on her side with pillows supporting her for extra support.
For more information regarding pregnancy massage, you can contact your doctor or midwife.
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