Pregnancy Massage can help relieve back pain and help you relax
Our massages differ to the traditional side lying pregnancy massage. We utilise the Hydrotherm system for all of our pregnancy massages. This means you can receive a full body, uninterrupted massage without the need to turn over and can have your head propped up as required.
Pregnancy massage and back pain.
Back pain is common in pregnancy – somewhere between a half and three-quarters of pregnant women have it at some stage (Bastiaenen et al 2008, Chang et al 2011, Ostgaard et al 1991, Wu et al 2004). Pregnancy massage can be an effective treatment of back pain during pregnancy.
Of course, pregnancy massage is perfect for relaxation of the expectant mother too!
Our treatments for pregnant mothers are perfect whether you are in need of relaxation or you are looking for relief of pregnancy-related back pain from our experienced therapists.
What causes back pain during pregnancy?
The common causes of the so common back pain in pregnancy include:
- postural changes,
- increased laxity of ligaments,
- reduced function of abdominal muscles
- and anterior rotation of the pelvis.
Tired muscles can make this feel worse, particularly later in the day when holding the same postures. Pain can be relieved through simple posture advice, rest, and of course prenatal massage!
Our experienced therapists, in Richmond and Kingston and Truro both provide pregnancy massage using the Hydrotherm system.
Massage therapy can help to alleviate pregnancy-related muscular-skeletal pain, making our massages ideal for pregnant mothers.
How can pregnancy massage relieve back pain?
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises that massage therapy can help to ease back pain in pregnancy.
It does this by:
- improving blood and lymph circulation – reducing oedema (swelling)
- relieving muscle spasms, cramps, and myofascial pain
- increasing endorphin levels and
- reducing anxiety and depression.
- treating and releasing problematic muscle groups.
Common safety questions (& answers!)
Can I lay on my back during a pregnancy massage? There is always much discussion surrounding laying on your back for a treatment. The reason we don’t lay flat on our backs during pregnancy is to avoid pressure on the ascending aorta of the mum from baby – particularly in the second and third trimesters. The mum to be may experience an almost immediate feeling of nausea and dizziness if this happens.
With Hydrotherm massage we avoid this by putting the upper part of the couch up (on an incline) therefore giving the mum to be enough support to avoid this ( a less awkward wedge for those that have had pregnancy massage before or use a wedge at home).)
Is it dangerous to have a massage in pregnancy? – No! Our Therapists are all trained to a high standard and have undertaken post – graduate training in Pregnancy Massage. This means we understand the changes that are happening in your body and your growing babies.
Can I have a massage at any stage of pregnancy? – Yes! Although we find that many ladies like to wait until their 12 week scan before coming for a massage.
Is massage in pregnancy every contraindicated? – Yes, below is a list of contraindications:
- Nausea or Diarrhoea
- HELLP Syndrome
- Pitted oedema
- Placenta Previa
- Advice to avoid massage by a medical professional
If you have any questions for our experienced therapists please feel free to email us firstname.lastname@example.org
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