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Tuesday
Jun192012

Prenatal Massage

What is it?

Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage ­– to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it's also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained will adjust their techniques accordingly.

Benefits:

There are many benefits to massage therapy during pregnancy. It is important for a mother to exercise proper prenatal care to ensure the health of her and the baby.

Hormone regulation Increased relaxation Improvement of nerve pain Fewer muscle spasms Reduction of swelling Reduced pain (back, hips etc.) Reduced muscle tension and headaches Reduced stress and anxiety Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles Better sleep

Precautions:

As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals. Women with the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:

High risk pregnancy Pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) Pre-eclampsia Previous pre-term labor Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches Recently gave birth

The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome, and maternal health.

References http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/prenatalmassage.html