Massage therapy is an excellent form of complementary medicine as a natural and safe way to reduce stress, ease many pregnancy-related discomforts, and promote wellness. Prenatal massage has several proven benefits, including the ability to relieve edema (swelling), cramps, back pain, and reduce stress on weight-bearing joints.
Chiropractic Fit offers this specialty form of massage to assist you with natural stress relief and support overall wellbeing.
What is Pregnancy Massage?
Pregnancy massage has many of the same goals as a typical massage session: relieving tense muscles, improving circulation, increasing mobility, and reducing joint stress. This type of massage is tailored to the specific needs of a pregnant woman with gentle techniques and a specially designed table. Most women cannot lie facedown comfortably from the beginning of their pregnancy due to swollen and tender breasts. Lying facedown on a standard massage table is also impossible once your belly grows. Still, it’s not recommended to lie flat on your back during pregnancy as the uterus puts too much pressure on the vein returning blood to the heart. Prenatal massage is done on a special table with hollowed-out areas and padding so you can lie facedown comfortably and safely or on your side with wedges and pillows for support.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
Carrying a child causes many changes in your body, including changing your center of gravity and putting a great deal of stress on your shoulders, neck, back, and abdominal muscles. Pregnancy also relaxes the ligaments which makes the pelvic joints less stable. This can change your posture and pull your pelvis forward. The additional weight combined with these factors practically guarantees lower back pain.
Pregnancy massage offers real psychological and physical benefits. Massage has been found to reduce anxiety, improve sleep, lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine, and increase levels of “feel-good” hormones dopamine and seratonin.
Massage can also decrease leg and back pain during pregnancy as well as relieve sciatica, a common pregnancy complaint that causes intense shooting pain in the lower back that may go to the buttocks and down the legs. Pregnancy massage is a safe, natural and relaxing way to get relief from everyday pregnancy symptoms like:
- Headaches, which can be relieved through massage by focusing on tension in your shoulders and neck. The stress relief benefits of massage can also reduce the chances that you will develop tension and migraine headaches by reducing muscle spasms and relaxing trigger points.
- Muscle tension caused by carrying extra weight. Massage encourages blood flow to supply your muscles with nutrient-rich blood and oxygen while increasing the flow of lymphatic fluid to remove metabolic waste from the muscles.
- Fatigue, leg cramps, back aches, and swelling.
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Chiropractic care can also be beneficial during pregnancy by ensuring the nervous system is working properly and correcting spinal misalignment that can result from a changed center of gravity and carrying additional weight. Chiropractic adjustments can ensure pelvic alignment and balance as well. A misaligned pelvis can reduce the amount of room your developing baby has to grow and affect your ability to have a safe, natural, and non-invasive birth by increasing the chances of a posterior or breech position that may lead to a C-section. Keeping the spine aligned can also help the entire body work more effectively throughout pregnancy.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can:
Help you maintain a healthier pregnancy
- Control pregnancy symptoms like joint, neck, and back pain
- Reduce labor and delivery time
- Potentially avoid a C-section delivery
Schedule an Appointment
Chiropractic Fit offers safe, natural pregnancy massage and chiropractic adjustments to help you enjoy your pregnancy and get relief from back pain, sciatica, and other common discomforts. You can learn more about the benefits of pregnancy therapy and schedule an initial appointment by contacting our office today.