Massage therapy during pregnancy is a healthy way to reduce stress relieving many discomforts experienced during pregnancy like backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, swelling, headaches, depression, and joint pain. The pressure applied can range from light to deep depending on your preference.
The prenatal massage aims to relax the muscle tension, improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure. This type of massage addresses many common discomforts caused by skeletal and circulatory changes in a pregnant woman’s body.
Regular massages can reduce the hormones associated with stress in a pregnant women and also led to fewer complication during birth and also fewer complication in the newborn.
The prenatal massage helps with the swollen joints caused by increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus.
Sciatic nerve pain experienced by many pregnant women’s as the uterus rests on the muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back can be released by targeting inflamed nerves and helping them to release tension.
Many professionals consider that the best position for a pregnant woman’s massage is side-lying position.
There are some situations when the massage is not indicated. These are high risk pregnancy’s, pregnancy induced hypertension, preeclampsia, high blood pressure and many others.
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