Prenatal Massage

You and your baby deserve a Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage and Chiropractic

Lie Down:      Pregnancy massage table allows you to lie face down snugly.

Prevent:    Improve skin elasticity and reduce the possibility of stretch marks.

Soothe:   Helps reduce inflammation in the arms and legs by increasing blood and lymph flow.  Getting rid of waste products through the lymph system will also combat fatigue.

Balance: Massage has been proven to reduce stress hormone levels, which can relieve depression or anxiety. Depression and anxiety are typical during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, new expectations and fears about parenting.

Breathe:   Promotes relaxation and deep breathing which is great for your baby.

Deliver:   Many women chose to use massage during childbirth to cope with delivery.  Massage helps improve outcome of labor and eases labor pain

Pregnancy Massage Pillow

Pregnancy Massage Pillow

 There is no greater time to receive a massage or a chiropractic adjustment than when you are pregnant.  You will be helping you and your baby at the same time. 

RESEARCH

An August 2006 published study demonstrates that the regular administration of massage from 36 weeks of pregnancy until birth greatly reduced the mother’s perception of labor pain, thus reducing the amount of anesthesia requested during labor.

Foot reflexology massage was shown in a study in China in assisting deliveries.  There was less use of drugs that stimulate uterine contractions and less use of pain meds.

Another study reported in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology evaluated massage’s effect on pregnant women. Researchers found that a 20-minute massage, twice a week resulted in reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep, less back pain and fewer complications during labor.

Prenatal massage bi-weekly for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression).

Research shows that Chiropractic during pregnancy is associated with 1/3 less labor and delivery times.  This is remarkable, considering that the amount of complications has to be greatly reduced with the diminished time it takes to get the baby out.

Women with the following conditions should speak with a health care provider prior to receiving a prenatal massage:

  • High risk pregnancy
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Preeclampsia
  • Previous pre-term labor
  • Experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure, or sudden, severe headaches
  • Recently gave birth