Goodbye to Low-Back Pain
Massage benefits pregnant women in numerous ways. It can decrease tension, increase circulation, reduce swelling of ankles and feet, and relieve low back pain, which the majority of pregnant women suffer from during gestation. Women who receive pregnancy massage recline on their back or their side, rather than the traditional face-down position. Often therapists will employ cushions or pillows to ensure a comfortable and safe massage session.
Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy:
Regulation of Hormones
Massage during pregnancy leads to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health. In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, stress hormones were reduced, and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased. These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight.
Sciatic nerve pain is commonly experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back. The pressure of the uterus spreads tension to the muscles of the upper and lower leg, causing them to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Massage therapy addresses the inflamed nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles. Many women have experienced a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through massage.
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