Massage Therapy during pregnancy
Mary Houle RMT
Issues that Occur During Pregnancy and Can Be Improved With Massage
-Changes in gait can occur due to postural changes causing foot issues including Plantar Fasciitis, Pes Planus and general calluses.
-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can occur from edema in the body compressing the median nerve in the arm.
-Piriformis Syndrome (a milder version of Sciatic pain) producing pain, tingling or numbness in the buttocks or down the leg.
-Increase in breast volume can result in tenderness and pain around areola.
-Meralgia Paresthetica, the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous nerve is entrapped and compressed within the thigh due to shifts in body weight and positioning. The anterior and lateral region of the thigh typically experience itching, burning, numbness, aching or touch sensitivity.
Issues That Occur Post Pregnancy and Can Be Improved With Massage:
-Exhaustion, overall mental and physical fatigue
-Breast tenderness and or mastitis (inflammation) chafing of nipple or general pain
-Postural pain in the upper back and neck
-Desire for core strengthening and improving scar tissue mobility and appearance from C-sections (generally two months after cesarean birth )