The benefits of prenatal massage or massage during pregnancy
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.
Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress and improve overall health. However, modern investigation and research is proving that prenatal massage therapy can be a very essential ingredient in a woman’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration.
Studies show that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can relieve muscle aches and joint pains, decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Massage therapy addresses different needs through a series of specialized techniques which aim to relax muscle tension in addition to improving lymphatic and blood circulation. Mild pressure applied to specific muscle groups of the body work to address any common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes associated by hormonal shifts during pregnancy.
Prenatal massage has been shown to help
Reduction of swelling
Improvement of nerve pain
Reduced back pain
Reduced joint pain
Reduced muscle tension and headaches
Reduced stress and anxiety
Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
Learn more about other techniques found to be helpful for pregnant women and new moms.