Pregnancy and Massage Therapy
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 11:34AM
Dr. Martin Dziak in Massage Therapy, massage, pregnancy, prenatal massage, sleep

The effects of massage therapy on women during pregnancy has been shown to have many positive effects. In general, massage therapy has the benefit of improving and reducing stress, anxiety, depression and potentially the ability to increase quality of sleep and psychosocial health across a wide variety of populations. Specific populations such as women during the different stages of pregnancy can greatly benefit from manual therapy pre and post-partum. Pre-natal massage has a host of positive effects including decreases in premature delivery, rates of infants being born at low birth rates, and symptoms of post-partum depression. Specific symptoms that can arise during pregnancy include increased anxiety, variation in moods, aches and pains (low back and sciatic very commonly), and reduction in regular sleep patterns. Massage therapy has been shown to improve all of these symptoms by decreasing the stress hormone cortisol, and increasing hormones such as dopamine and serotonin which are both responsible for increasing negative mood levels and reducing levels of depression and stress. Given the long term effects of massage therapy it proves to be a valuable intervention tool for maintaining somatic and psychosocial health from pregnancy to the post-partum period.

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