Pain Relief During Pregnancy: A Necessity Rather Than a Luxury

By Elinor Johnston

Congratulations! You’re pregnant! In between planning all the exciting times ahead and satisfying those notorious pregnancy cravings, you will likely experience a level of discomfort you may not be prepared for. Pain relief during pregnancy is more than a luxury – it is an absolute necessity for the health of you AND your baby.

Your life is about to change completely. Your body is overwhelmed with hormones, and you are struggling to adapt to a newly expanding body. But the good news is there is help! Prenatal massage therapy can not only reduce any pain you’re experiencing, it can also be a lifesaver for you and your growing baby.

Let’s admit it. Massages feel good! But in addition to an overall sense of calm and well being, prenatal massage therapy can help reduce sciatic pain – a common source of physical discomfort in those who are expecting. Wouldn’t you like to treat yourself to some much needed relief?

Say Goodbye to the Aches of Pregnancy and Hello to Pain Relief

Your sciatic nerve starts at your lower back and winds its way down through the back of your legs and into the feet. With sciatica, the pressure and inflammation of the lower back can leave women, especially pregnant women, in such intense pain that they actually become immobilized. Imagine the feeling of walking on pins and needles, numbness and intense bouts of pain. That’s sciatic pain. Now, let’s try to avoid that! Prenatal massage therapy has been proven to assist in relieving this pain and it’s time you gave it a try.

Wait… There’s More

While sciatic pain is one of the most frequently complained about pregnancy-related conditions, there are a number of other problem areas for pregnant women. Prenatal massage therapy has been shown to provide significant pain relief from all of the following conditions:

Back pain: Weight gain, posture changes, hormone fluctuations, muscle imbalance, and stress can all cause back pain in pregnant women. Your body is adjusting to significant changes, and often the effects are felt in your lower and mid back.

Neck and Shoulder Strain: As with back pain, neck and shoulder related pains are often a result of changes to a woman’s posture while expecting. Not only can a massage therapist provide relief from these pains, they can also offer valuable advice on how to adjust your posture to alleviate pain.

Edema: Otherwise known as ankle swelling, edema can be the result of water retention and increased pressure on a woman’s veins. Prenatal massages can help relieve pressure from the veins while helping fluid travel more effectively through your body, assisting with fluid retention and swelling.

Wouldn’t You Like to Fight Pain with a Relaxing Massage?

Prenatal massage therapy requires special training, an understanding of your growing fetus and a familiarity with the unique characteristics and needs of a pregnant woman’s body. Make sure that you visit someone who understands the proper positioning of the body, the risks associated with pressure application on certain body parts and the common discomfort that come along with being pregnant. And most importantly, make sure they know what your body needs to feel better.

Your prenatal massage therapist will start with a background interview about your health and pregnancy before treatment. They should work from head to toe to regulate blood flow, align your systems and relieve the pressure on your lower back. By the end of your session, you should feel a marked difference in pain levels-and a whole lot more relaxed.

If you’d like to enjoy a relaxing massage that not only relieves your pain, but just plain feels good, schedule a prenatal massage at Medical Massage Group. Your body and your baby will thank you for it!

Elinor Johnston is a NYS licensed massage therapist with a focus in medical massage. She has been practicing for over 12 years. She also maintains a personal love for prenatal/postnatal and relieving the discomforts of pregnancy. She lives in NYC with her husband and 2 children.

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