Prenatal massage therapy, when administered correctly, is an effective chiropractic treatment with countless benefits. If you are seeking a drug-free alternative to pain relief while pregnant, want to treat yourself and your baby to a relaxing, stress-free treatment, or want to incorporate methods of holistic prenatal care, prenatal chiropractic massage may be for you.
The team at Tannenbaum Chiropractic of Beverly Hills can provide the prenatal care you need to enjoy your pregnancy through pain management and stress relief and help prepare for labor.
Are Prenatal Massages Safe?
The first question asked when seeking chiropractic care when pregnant is an important one: is it safe? The short answer is yes. Prenatal massages are generally administered after the first trimester. Your massage therapist will also avoid trigger points and deep tissue massaging to ensure the safety of you and your baby.
The Benefits of Therapeutic Massage When Pregnant
Therapeutic massage therapy is often sought out as a drug-free alternative to relieving aches and pains while pregnant. This is accomplished by encouraging blood flow and reducing swelling and inflammation, especially in the back and legs from carrying that extra weight.
The other major benefit of receiving a prenatal chiropractic massage is the release of oxytocin and serotonin. Reducing stress hormones in the body also has a long-term effect, potentially improving labor contractions, increasing bonding with your baby, and even helping to navigate anxiety and depression in the postpartum period.
Additional benefits of getting a chiropractic massage while pregnant include:
- Reduced anxiety and overall mood-boosting
- Better rest and sleep
- Reduced labor pains
- Relief of aches and pains, specifically in the back and legs
- Migraine relief
- Promotion of newborn health
- Hormone regulation
- Increased blood flow
- Reduced inflammation
- Joint and muscle pain and swelling relief
- Positioning of baby for easier labor outcomes
- Promotion of physical healing
- Reduced soreness as your baby (and you!) grow
What Is Different About Getting a Massage While Pregnant?
Prenatal massages are slightly different than general massage therapy treatments, as they are gentler. Your massage therapist will use a lighter pressure, often using light to medium pressure with kneading and stroking movements. The purpose is not a deep tissue massage to get tough knots out but to encourage blood flow to alleviate inflammation that causes discomfort, as well as the typical aches and pains that come with pregnancy, and encourage relaxation and oxytocin release.
Because you cannot lay directly on your stomach as you normally would during a massage, it is typical to be laying on one side during a prenatal massage. Prenatal massage pillows, padded bolsters, and other massage props can be used to ensure comfort, safety, and effectiveness during the massage.
Prenatal Massage Therapy in Beverly Hills at Tannenbaum Chiropractic
The professionals at Tannenbaum Chiropractic are skilled in prenatal massages, and your safety is the utmost priority. By adding holistic care to your regular prenatal healthcare, you can better serve both you and your growing baby with a proven, effective method of self-care!
Contact the Beverly Hills chiropractors at Tannenbaum Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment and begin your massage therapy treatment!