If you’re pregnant, it’s a very exciting time for you, but the changes in your body aren’t always positive. As your baby grows, the stress of the extra weight could leave you with new aches and pains. Thankfully, Dr. Max Lippman at Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy in Danville, California, specializes in prenatal massage. An appointment with the certified prenatal specialist at Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy can make your pregnancy a lot less stressful.
Prenatal massage is similar to a regular massage but is customized for the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies. Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy therapists are trained in prenatal massage and can adjust their techniques for each individual.
Similar to remedies for pain from a sports injury or traffic collision, carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity, putting a lot of stress on your back, neck, shoulders, and abdominal muscles. Your posture changes with the addition of the extra weight you’re carrying, and it’s likely you’ll arch your back to balance that weight.
Prenatal massage can be a big help. Studies show that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce your anxiety, relieve your muscle aches and joint pains, improve your sleep, and make labor easier when that big day comes.
At Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy, the trained prenatal massage specialist knows which muscles to target to ease your soreness, and she also knows which techniques and areas to avoid.
You definitely don’t want to lie on your stomach when you’re pregnant, but you also shouldn’t lie on your back once your belly has started to grow. Instead, Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy’s trained prenatal massage therapist will ask you to lie on your side on a special massage table with hollowed areas to accommodate your belly and breasts. You’ll have the option of using additional wedges or pillows for support.
Swedish massage is the recommended type of massage during pregnancy since it addresses many common discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by the shifts in your hormones.
The therapist’s prenatal massage techniques will help stimulate your soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in your swollen joints. This swelling usually occurs because your heavy uterus reduces circulation and increases pressure on your major blood vessels.
The therapist will talk you through every step of the massage. To prepare you, Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy has several prenatal massage demonstration videos to show you in order to make you feel more comfortable with your first experience, especially if you’re experiencing back pain. After a prenatal massage, you’ll be in a more relaxed state of mind, prepared to cope with all of the big changes happening in your life.