Pregnancy Massage Cheltenham
Skelian Chiropractic Clinic offers pregnancy massage to members of the public. Sarah Beech is our brilliant massage therapist who is qualified with ITEC in a range of techniques such as, sports massage (level 3), holistic (relaxing) massage, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, Indian head massage
and most recently in pregnancy massage
. Sarah’s goal is to help her patients lead a pain-free life, whether that is through helping with recovery from an injury, maintaining a balanced, healthy body, or simply allowing oneself to relax and unwind and recover from the stresses of everyday life.
While pregnancy massage can be used for a range of issues, lower back pain is very common during pregnancy, which expecting mothers have treatment for. Lower back pain during pregnancy can be caused by hormonal and biomechanical changes that the body goes through. Lower back pain and pelvic girdle pain are common during pregnancy and people often utilise complementary manual treatment methods such as massage, manipulation of the spine, as well as chiropractic in order to help manage the symptoms.
A large part of your massage during pregnancy with Sarah will be done in the side-lying position, supported with soft pillows for maximum safety and comfort. You will be led mainly on your left-hand side which offers optimum blood flow to the uterus. Seated massage is also an option for those who find it too uncomfortable to lie on their side for long periods. Pregnancy massage at Skelian is offered for people in their second or third trimester and we do advise that you inform your GP or midwife before starting treatment. It can also be used alongside Chiropractic treatment in order to help you reach your goals.
Why might I get lower back pain during my pregnancy?
During pregnancy, the most obvious change that occurs is the gain in weight throughout this timeframe. A female of average weight (before her pregnancy), may gain between 25 to 35 pounds, which is a combination of the weight of the baby, the placenta and the extra fluid retained throughout the body. A range of Postural changes
also occur throughout pregnancy, and to stop your centre of gravity from moving too far forward as the baby grows, the curvature of the lower back, known as the lordosis, increases. This leads to a shortening of the lower back muscles and an approximation of the moveable ‘facet’ joints (seizing up of the muscles and joints) within the lower spine, which can be uncomfortable.
In the third trimester, ankles may begin to swell, whilst the legs and feet may begin to outwardly rotate to compensate for the altered pelvic position, as it tilts forwards, which can cause aching in the lower back. During pregnancy, a release of the hormone called ‘relaxin’ leads to an increase in the laxity/stretch of the ligaments which become increasingly elasticated, in order to prepare the body for the birthing process. This may lead to stability issues around the pelvic girdle and increased stress through the sacro-iliac joints of the pelvis.
Benefits of pregnancy massage
- Relieves anxiety and stress
Massage is helpful for relieving any stress and anxiety that may be building up throughout your pregnancy. In your 9 month-long journey you will probably experience many ups and downs, and a relaxing, hour-long session can help to clear your mind and leave you feeling more relaxed.
- Massage helps to aid sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep during pregnancy can be a challenge for a variety of reasons – from the increased pressure on your muscles and joints to having more fluid in your body. Pregnancy massage may help you to sleep better throughout the night by reducing tension within the body.
- Promotes a sense of well-being
If you want to feel good about yourself, mind and body, then massage can certainly help you to feel this way. An hour-long session of pregnancy massage can leave you feeling comfortable, healthy and happy and provides a good opportunity to unwind.How do I book my pregnancy massage?
If you are in your second or third trimester of pregnancy and are not considered to have a high-risk pregnancy (your midwife or GP will clarify for you if this is the case), then you are able to book directly through our clinic reception on: 01242 254000
between 8.30-7pm on weekdays
or on Saturday
between 9-1pm.Sarah Beech
is available at Skelian Chiropractic Clinic in Cheltenham on Tuesdays
for appointments. If you have any questions then please call the clinic and we will do our best to answer your questions.References:
- Muhlemann D (2015). Low back pain in pregnancy: Diagnosis, Treatment options and outcomes.
- Hall et al. (2016). The effectiveness of complementary manual therapies for pregnancy-related back and pelvic pain: A systematic review with meta-analysis.