Your body is changing a lot during pregnancy, and not all of it may be pleasant. Pregnancy massage is a great way to alleviate the tension experienced in the body as it changes and provide some relief from the discomforts of pregnancy.
- Your Pregnancy is Shifting Your Centre of Gravity- As your pregnancy progresses, your body experiences a significant weight gain that is centred directly on your abdomen. In addition to adding tension and stress on your lower back and its supporting muscles, it results in postural alteration as your centre of gravity shifts forward, causing more tension in your neck, upper back and shoulders. If this sounds uncomfortable, it’s because it is; pregnancy massage can help alleviate some of the discomfort associated with your growing belly.
- Hormonal Changes Can Destabilize You- In addition to growing a human inside of you, there are a whole slew of other miraculous changes occurring in your body during pregnancy. The biggest hormonal change going on in the body is the release of a hormone called Relaxin. This hormone relaxes the soft tissue in your ligaments and muscles, particularly in your pelvis to prepare for birth. While this is a great thing for baby, easing their passage through your pelvis, Relaxin ends up affecting all of your body’s muscles and ligaments, which means your pelvis and lower back become less stable and weaker, and more prone to injury.
When you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t just pop a Tylenol or a muscle relaxant and wait for the pain to pass. At Mapleview Chiropractic Centre, we believe in pregnancy massage as an effective protocol to relieve tension and pain for expectant mothers. If you’re pregnant and live in the Barrie, Ontario area and you want specialized care to treat your prenatal symptoms, give us a call today!