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Massage therapy is a great way for anyone to relax. A prenatal massage is no different in that respect. In fact, despite what rumors you may have heard, prenatal massage therapy has plenty of benefits for expecting mothers.
Prenatal massage therapy is similar to traditional massage therapy. However, there are a few adaptations that have been made to ensure mom and baby remain safe.
It is important to let your massage therapist know that you are pregnant before proceeding with any massage treatment! A professional and reputable massage therapist understands that massages should be avoided during the first trimester. (During this time, a massage may actually lead to increased dizziness or morning sickness!)
An experienced and professional prenatal massage therapist will adjust accommodations to make your massage more comfortable. This may include special pillows or cushioning systems. Additionally, they will adjust the intensity of your massage. Deep tissue massages, for example, are not recommended because they can release blood clots, which can be extremely dangerous to you and your baby.
There are several benefits associated with massage therapy. Massage therapy has been known to help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. It also helps to relieve aches and pains throughout your joints and muscles. With a prenatal massage, this includes a reduction in sciatic nerve pain during the last stages of their pregnancy.
Prenatal massage therapy, in particular, has been known to help improve newborn health as well as a reduction in complications during birth. It has also linked to hormone regulation. How? Because massage therapy helps to relax the body and de-stress the mind, it aids pregnant women in improved mood regulation. This can lead to better sleep as well!
Prenatal massage therapy is an excellent way to help the body’s lymph system remove tissue waste, which may be increased during pregnancy. This means it helps to reduce the swelling often felt during pregnancy.
Every pregnancy is a unique and special experience. The staff and massage therapists at Family Chiropractic Care understand how beautiful, but stressful, a pregnancy can be. Our highly trained and experienced massage therapists want to help you relax during these vital, nurturing, life-giving months.
If you would like to learn more about prenatal massage therapy packages available with Family Chiropractic Care, contact us today.