Reproductive Pathologies, Conditions, and Sexually Transmitted Infections

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One group of massage therapy patients on the rise is pregnant women. Although these women may not have any additional underlying illnesses or causes for massage therapy, they often can develop conditions due to the pregnancy that requires massage therapy. When a massage therapist encounters a pregnant patient, it is important to first and foremost ensure that the OBGYN has consented to therapy for the patient, and to go over any risks of the therapy sessions with the patient. Once this has been accomplished, the therapist should encourage the patient to void as to have a more comfortable experience, but should also be prepared for restroom breaks during the session as well. The therapist should ensure the patient is comfortable, and should also avoid using heat and make sure the client is cool throughout the session. Gentle strokes should be applied when massaging a pregnant client as to not cause a release in hormones or to cause the expectant mother any distress or discomfort.

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