Pregnancy Massage can help relieve your back pain and help you relax
Our massages differ from the traditional side-lying pregnancy massage.
We offer you the Hydrotherm system for all of our pregnancy massages.
This means you can enjoy an uninterrupted full body massage without having to turn over halfway through the treatment. You will be comfortably positioned, according to the stage of your pregnancy.
Pregnancy massage and back pain.
Back pain is a common ailment during pregnancy, with more than half of all pregnant women suffering from it at some stage.
Pregnancy massage can be an effective treatment of back pain during pregnancy. The treatments for pregnant mothers offered by our experienced therapists are perfect if you want to relieve pregnancy-related back pain, or just want a little relaxation.
Of course, pregnancy massage is perfect for relaxation of the unborn child too!
What causes back pain during pregnancy?
The common causes of 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 these issues feel worse, particularly later in the day when holding the same posture for longer. Pain can be relieved through simple posture advice, rest, and of course, prenatal massage!
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 lie on my back during a pregnancy massage?
There is always much discussion surrounding lying on your back for a treatment. We don’t lie flat on our backs during pregnancy to avoid pressure on the ascending aorta between Mum and 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 inclining the upper part of the couch, giving the Mum-to-be enough support. We also use a less awkward wedge for those that have had pregnancy massage before, or who 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 that we understand the changes that are happening to 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 ever 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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You don’t need to have back pain in your pregnancy to enjoy the benefits of a Hydrotherm massage.
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