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Posted on 05-27-2015

Discover How Massage Therapy Can Help Pregnant Mothers

Both chiropractic care and massage therapy often prove beneficial for women who are pregnant. Both options offer excellent complementary choices for prenatal care in women going through normal, low-risk pregnancies. During pregnancy, women often experience many physical changes, such as swollen legs, back pain, nausea, and more. Women experiencing some of the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy often enjoy relief after a massage or gentle manipulation by our chiropractor, Dr. Samantha Stuart.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Studies show that massage offers multiple benefits to pregnant women. Women who receive regular massages during pregnancy enjoy improved hormone regulation, which helps reduce mood swings. There is even some evidence showing that regulating hormone levels with massage may help to reduce the chances of complications during labor and delivery. Various types of massage often help to reduce fatigue and the ordinary aches and pains women experience during pregnancy.

Many women experience swelling during pregnancy, which is caused by increased pressure on major blood vessels and a reduction in circulation because of the heavy uterus. Massage stimulates soft tissues, improving tissue waste removal and reducing joint swelling. Pregnant mothers often deal with sciatic nerve pain in the third trimester of pregnancy. Massages have the ability to release muscle tension, reducing nerve inflammation and sciatic nerve pain.

Prenatal massage may also offer mothers the following benefits:

  • Improved circulation
  • Fewer headaches
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Reduced back and joint pain
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Decreased leg pain
  • Overall mood improvement

Is Prenatal Massage Right for You?

Most women enjoy the many benefits that come with prenatal massage. However, women who have a high-risk of miscarriage or women who have a high-risk pregnancy should always get clearance from a physician before having a massage.

How We Can Help

Our office provides chiropractic care and prenatal massage for pregnant mothers. If you are experiencing some of the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy, call our Portland office at 503-451-6670. We are happy to work with you to prove complementary prenatal care that will meet your needs throughout your pregnancy.

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