Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress and relieve muscle tension. Research has shown that prenatal massage therapy can be an instrumental part of women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration. It is best to find a massage therapist who is certified in prenatal massage, such as Kathleen Beaulieu.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage addresses many common discomforts associated iwht skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts. It improves lymphatic and blood circulation.
This leads to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. It reduces edema or swelling of the joints, and reduces pain from sciatic nerves being pinched when the uterus rests on the muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back late in pregnancy. This can cause tension and pressure to the muscles of the leg as well, causing swelling, and pressure on nearby nerves. Massage addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension in nearby muscles. Many women have experience a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain with massage.
Potential benefits of prenatal massage:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced Joint Pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Better sleep