Posts Tagged ‘Massage Therapy Pregnancy’

Reproductive Pathologies, Conditions, and Sexually Transmitted Infections

August 10, 2010

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.

Pregnancy

July 30, 2010

I may come into contact with some women who are pregnant as a Therapist. I should be aware of what positions are safe and most comfortable for them, since they are often experiencing lower back pain due to the extra weight. I should also be aware of the complications and things that can go wrong. For example, in Placenta Abruption, the placenta detaches from the uterine wall prematurely, which causes hemorrhaging in the mother and reduces the baby’s oxygen supply, which is very dangerous. Also dangerous, is Ectopic Pregnancy, in which a woman does not know she is pregnant because the fertilized ovum is outside of the uterine cavity. This situation in particular can be very dangerous because the first symptom is sometimes shock.

Pregnancy

July 15, 2010

When women get pregnant it is beneficial for both mother and baby to receive massages. As a woman’s body changes massage can help relieve the extra stress to muscles and skin that are stretching. Regular massages including the abdomen can help reduce the amount of stretch marks she gets. Massage also promotes relaxation of the mind, this can help the mother and baby, especially close to the end of the pregnancy. If she combines this with physician approved exercise, she has a good chance at having less complications at delivery. Her circulation will be better also especially in the feet and lower legs where edema can develop and turn into possible life threatening complications.


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