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West Hills Chiropractor | West Hills chiropractic care | CA | Pregnancy Massage

Alternative Wellness Center
Spiros Cavelaris, DC

Pregnancy Massage
 

Attending to the unique needs of expectant mothers is the goal of every pregnancy massage.  Certified pregnancy massage therapists are specially trained to tailor their massage techniques to help alleviate common pregnancy complaints and to protect both mother and child during the massage. 

Pregnancy massage is unique in its application.  During the massage, the expectant mother is carefully supported by cushions and pillows in order to provide superior comfort and to protect her and the baby from strain or injury.  Pregnancy massage is especially gentle, and deep tissue techniques are never used as a safety precaution.  Many areas of the body are avoided during pregnancy massage to protect mother and child and extra attention is given to areas of the body that are particularly affected by pregnancy, like the feet and back.  To protect mother and baby, pregnancy massage is not advised during the first trimester, but can provide welcome relief later on, especially during the last few months of pregnancy.

The benefits of pregnancy massage are numerous.  The gentle kneading massage can be supremely comforting both physically and emotionally to an expectant mother, and the psychological benefit itself can be quite therapeutic.  In addition to stress and anxiety reduction, pregnancy massage can help reduce expectant mothers’ common aches and annoyances, like swollen ankles and lower back pain. 

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To improve overall health, a woman should receive a prenatal massage during pregnancy. Ultimately, prenatal massage has been shown to improve labor outcomes fr both mother and child.

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Prenatal massage helps a pregnant women to relax tense muscles and reduce stress and anxiety associated with labor. It also works to relieve pain.

The expanding womb puts a lot stress on the shoulders, abdominal area and back muscles of the mother, and lower back pain is very common during pregnancy. A prenatal massage therapist can apply pressure to specific sore spots to relieve tension and pain. However, certain pressure points should be avoided, such as the wrists and ankles, because they might stimulate pelvic and uterus muscles and lead to premature labor.

The safest position for prenatal massage is lying on one's side while hugging a pillow. There is also a massage table specifically designed for pregnant women, with areas cut out for breasts and the abdomen.

Reduced blood circulation and increased blood pressure during pregnancy might cause swelling of joints. Prenatal massage helps to improve circulation and addresses nerves inflamed by the pressure of the uterus. The massage helps to relieve sciatic nerve pain experienced by pregnant women. Research also shows that prenatal massage lowers stress hormones, which are major causes of pregnancy complications.

WARNING: Prenatal massage is not recommended during the first trimester because it might increase the risk of miscarriage. Instead, begin massage in the second trimester.

Consult your doctor about the risk of massage therapy if you have certain conditions. For instance, massage is not recommended for people at risk of pre-term labor or those with clotting disorders.

One prenatal massage session typically lasts 30 minutes to an hour and ranges from $59 to $125.

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West Hills Chiropractor | Pregnancy Massage. Dr. Spiros Cavelaris is a West Hills Chiropractor.