In the past decade, an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence has supported the claim that massage therapy is beneficial to the body in many ways. Massage therapy is not only used as preventative medicine, but can also be used to treat many existing ailments. Muscle soreness, injury or stress, reduction/elimination of headaches, whiplash, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome and tension related respiratory disorders such as bronchial asthma, emphysema and COPD have all seen reported improvement with massage. Improved posture, improved body motion, reduction of scar tissue, improvement of skin tone, increased circulation, elimination of toxins, reduced inflammation and most of all reduced anxiety all help to promote a healthier well-being through massage. In the offices shared at Riverview Chiropractic Health, PC we have some very experienced therapists available by appointment. They offer techniques in swedish massage, deep tissue, cupping and craniosacral as well as other techniques that have been effective in healing.
Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, including Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve both lymphatic and blood circulation. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.
Prenatal massage is tailored to fit a pregnant woman’s ever changing body. During the first trimester, while lying on both stomach and back are still possible, prenatal massage will not vary greatly from a typical massage. However, during the second and third trimesters, the position for a pregnant woman is adjusted to side-lying.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage:
- Hormone regulation
- Reduction of swelling, back pain, joint pain and nerve pain
- Improved circulation and sleep
- Increased oxygen supply to soft tissue and muscles
- Decreased muscle tension and headaches
- Reduction of stress and anxiety
Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome and maternal health.