The Benefits of Massage During Your Pregnancy
Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress and relieve muscle tension. Studies show that regular massage therapy provides numerous health benefits. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.
There is no better time to consider a massage than when you are pregnant. During pregnancy, the human body experiences a host of changes. As the uterus expands with the weight of the growing baby, there is more stress on the back, neck, shoulders and abdominal muscles. A woman’s body biomechanics are tested during pregnancy and the rapid changes over a short period of time can leave mom-to-be in need of some TLC.
An aching lower back is a common sensation for many pregnant women, while others may experience sharp aching legs, sore hips, swelling and/or insomnia. Prenatal massage therapy is a wonderful way to cope with these adjustments and ease the discomfort. A massage during pregnancy brings about a sense of well being through relaxation.
It is still possible to receive massage during pregnancy. Pre-natal massage therapy addresses different needs through varying gentle techniques and special attention is given to the mother’s comfort and stage of pregnancy. Our massage therapy centre is equipped with belly pillows that will allow the mother-to-be to lay comfortably on her front if necessary. Swedish Massage technique employed by our therapists is the recommended massage method during pregnancy as it addresses many common discomforts associated with the musculoskeletal (MSK) and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
As your body starts to transform, pay close attention to prevent discomfort and injuries. Regular visits to your chiropractor will ensure the pelvis and spine are well-aligned throughout your pregnancy. Your chiropractor can also recommend certain forms of exercise in conjunction with massage as your pregnancy progresses. This triad of MSK care will aid in keeping you active and pain-free throughout your pregnancy and in shape for the adventure lies ahead!
Benefits of prenatal massage include:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced leg pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced headaches
- Relieves muscle cramps, spasms, and tension in body
- Reduced anxiety and levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine
- Increased levels of the “feel-good” hormones serotonin and dopamine
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Better sleep
Our massage therapists and chiropractors are happy to share their expertise in other aspects of prenatal care from stretches and exercises safe for mom, sleeping positions and postural corrections to keep you balanced and pain-free.