“Is Massage and Chiropractic good for pregnant women?”
For normal pregnancies, there are several aches and pains that show up:
- Back/ Neck Tension
- Swelling of Hands/ Feet
- Pelvic Instability
- Low Blood Circulation
Not too mention, all the changes your body is going through internally and, eventually, externally.
Luckily, Massage and Chiropractic can help.
Prenatal Massage can ease any number of aches. This includes the easing of general tension in joints and muscles, improved blood circulation, and headache reduction. And, because of released tension, Prenatal Massage can also reduce Nausea, sleeplessness, and swelling.
“What does Prenatal Massage look like?”
Typically, pregnant women don’t want to lay on their back or stomach. So, out of comfort and to promote a better experience, LMTs have women lay in a side-laying position.
Note: I usually use more pillows than the picture shown here. If you’re being massaged and you don’t feel comfortable enough (pregnant or not), tell your therapist. Pillows and bolsters are usually on hand.
Also, Deep Tissue is not recommended for Prenatal Massage. Swedish (Relaxation) Massage is the most common form for Pregnancy.
Some people dislike the idea of getting a Chiropractic Adjustment while a woman is pregnant. However, Chiropractors really can help with pain management and, sometimes, the development of the baby.
Pelvic instability and spinal misalignments happen frequently with pregnancy. This causes tension in the muscles and joints, lower blood circulation, and an increase in general aches.
Note: For more information on Pregnancy and Chiropractic, check out this article from American Pregnancy:
“Is there anything else I can do to help my pregnancy?”
Yoga, Essentials Oils, and Exercise have also been known to help. Ask your Doctor or Chiropractor for stretching and exercises to do. And most Yoga instructors have positions that can be adapted for Pregnancy. Check out these positions from Stretch and Glow!
Note: Please keep in contact with your doctors during your pregnancy. If complications arise, ask your primary doctor or OBGYN what is recommened.