It is important to take time out and relax during your pregnancy, ProPhysiotherapy offers Pregnancy Massage.
Pregnancy can be a wonderful time for expectant mothers, it can also however be accompanied by some painful unwelcome side effects which develop as the body changes to accommodate the growing baby. Muscular discomfort and tension, pain in the back, neck, shoulders and hips, headache, fatigue, insomnia, leg cramps and heartburn are all commonly reported unwanted side effects of pregnancy which can be significantly improved with the use of massage therapy.
Professional massage therapy is extremely beneficial for the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic transformation of pregnancy. Ante-natal or pregnancy massage offers a wide range of physiological, emotional and psychological benefits and can help to establish the bond between the mother and the unborn baby. The human touch during massage is also comforting, providing emotional support during pregnancy.
The Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
Having regular massages during pregnancy brings with it a surprisingly long list of advantages, including but not limited to the following:
- Pain relief in the muscles and joints of the body (especially in the lower back, hips and legs), by reducing stress on the weight-bearing joints
- A reduction of swelling in the arms, legs and ankles by increasing the blood and lymph circulation
- Reduces stress and muscle tension
- Strengthens the immune system
- Stimulates the release of endorphins, which is highly beneficial to both the mother and baby
- Enhancement of the pliability of skin and underlying tissues
- Promotion of relaxation and tranquillity
- Helps to combat pregnancy related insomnia
- Improves muscle function, flexibility and general body tone
- Relieves mental and physical fatigue and helps to stabilise hormone levels which in turn can relieve depression or any anxiety occurring as a result of the hormonal changes
- Aids correct posture as the body adjusts to postural changes due to the weight of the baby
- Helps to reduce labour pain, especially when combined with labour massage (courses in this are also available for couples)
What to Expect
During the first session an initial consultation will be carried out to include a full medical history. This is also an opportunity for the mother to discuss any particular symptoms she would like to focus on as well as address any concerns. Most treatments are then carried out with the client in a side lying position fully supported with cushions. This allows access for a full body massage including the neck, shoulders, back, legs, head and feet. The patient can then turn over to repeat the treatment on the other side. Some women choose to lie in a specially designed HOLO, this is similar in appearance to a lilo, but has a whole in the middle to accommodate the bump. Other women may choose to remain seated and opt for an Indian Head Massage or combine their treatment with pregnancy reflexology.
Is Pregnancy Massage Safe?
Pregnancy massage is of a very different nature to non-pregnancy massage but research has shown that it is a safe to have massage during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage performed by our fully qualified therapists is safe for both mother and baby, and no fragranced oils are used during the treatment.
Take Time Out To Relax
Pregnancy is often a very busy time for the expectant mother-to-be, many are still working, running a home, looking after other young children, as well as preparing their homes for the new arrival. All the while, their body is working extremely hard to prepare a new life. It is important during this exciting but often busy time, to take time out and relax during pregnancy, even for those lucky enough not to suffer from any adverse pregnancy related symptoms, they still deserve a treat!
ProPhysiotherapy provides highly experienced therapists. If you are considering booking a pregnancy massage and would like to find out more about our massage therapists and their qualifications, one of our team would be happy to discuss this with you either over the phone, or in person to put your mind at ease.
For further information on our pregnancy massage therapy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.
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Achieved a distinction in her Physiotherapy Masters in Sports Injury and Therapy from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003. She works closely with the Orthopaedic Consultants at St George’s Hospital, London and at Frimley NHS Trust. She has over 20 years experience in treating patients.
She also works as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) in Orthopaedic Spine Clinic and performs peripheral injections and is training to perform spinal injections. She completed her Diploma in Injection Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire in 2012 and finds that using corticosteroid injections as an adjunct to physiotherapy can be exceptionally useful and successful. Kate completed her non-medical Independent Prescribing course from the University of Brighton in 2017 and therefore has the ability to prescribe the necessary medications for the injection without the need for you to see your GP for the prescription.
Kate has excellent experience in treating lower limb injuries and assessing biomechanical issue, as well as her experience in managing patients with spinal injuries and pain.
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Victoria O’Gorman qualified from The University of Birmingham with a first class honours degree in 2001.
The first seven years of her career were spent in the NHS. She then went to work at the English Medical Centre in the French ski resort of Val d’Isere where she was their physiotherapist for two winter seasons. On returning from the mountains in 2009 she joined the ProPhysiotherapy team.
Victoria has a special interest in sports injuries and lower limb rehabilitation.
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Alexandra is passionate about her job as a physiotherapist. She finished her masters at Coventry University in 2012 and since then she has been working in various private physiotherapy clinics.
Her areas of expertise include musculoskeletal overuse conditions and sports injuries, and she has a specific interest in spinal and shoulder joint pathologies.
Alexandra combines various treatments techniques in order to achieve the treatment goals, including manual therapy techniques, trigger point release, acupuncture and exercise prescription.
She has a particular interest in research, providing all her patients with evidence based practice and up to date physiotherapy techniques, and she hopes to finish her PhD soon!