Massage for Pregnancy

Massage is an excellent choice for complimenting your prenatal wellness. At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we believe that regular massage therapy effectively treats the stress that comes with the hormonal upheaval of pregnancy and supports the woman’s body in its creation of a nurturing environment for the development of a child.

The extra weight that comes with pregnancy moves your center of gravity forward, forcing your back muscles to work harder if they want to maintain balance. Your pelvis tilts forward and the lumbar curve is accentuated. Furthermore, stomach muscles that were once able to support your spine are stretched and cannot do their job. These changes combine to create muscle tension and excess stress especially on the tissues that support the lower back.

Massage counters these structural changes by improving blood flow: bringing oxygen and nutrients to areas that need the extra support. Massage also increases lymph circulation, which is used to clean out toxins and remove interstitial fluid from the tissues, an excess of which can cause edema or swelling. Massage therapy will stretch and relax tense muscles while correcting the muscle imbalance brought on by pregnancy, allowing you to feel optimally healthy.

Getting a good night’s sleep is paramount to a healthy pregnancy. Unfortunately, the aches and anxiety of pregnancy can work against your body’s attempt to achieve deep, restorative sleep. Massage can also help in this endeavor because the brain releases chemicals like serotonin, endorphins and dopamine as a natural response to massage. After massage, you will enter bed with relaxed muscles and a relaxed mind, both of which are conducive to a restful night of sleep. Come see how our expert hands can lead you to relaxation and peace of mind during pregnancy. Call our office in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C.

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