Pregnancy Massage Therapy
Experience improved health and wellbeing during this exciting time.
Enjoy the benefits of pregnancy massages in Ipswich with Andrea Plumb Therapies. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce:
- back pain
- joint pain
- swelling of joints (edema)
- muscle tension and headaches
- stress and anxiety
- sciatic nerve pain
Pregnancy massage therapy can also:
- improve circulation
- improve oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- help achieve better sleep
- help hormone levels
- improve labour outcomes and newborn health
Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that pregnancy massage helps hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered, leading to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health.
Hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (stress hormones) were reduced with pregnancy massage therapy, while dopamine and serotonin levels (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression) were increased in pregnant women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks. These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight.
The evidence points strongly to mother & child enjoying maternal and newborn health benefits when relaxing, therapeutic massage is incorporated into pregnant mums’ regular prenatal care.
Reduction of swelling
Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus.
Pregnancy massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.
Improvement of nerve pain
Sciatic nerve pain is 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 regular massages.
For more information about pregnancy massage therapy, or to make an appointment, get in touch with Andrea Plumb Therapies today by calling (07) 3812 7777 or contact us online.