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A postpartum massage is a complete body massage given to the new mom to soothe and relax her mind and body, and also alleviate any pain or soreness in the body. A good massage can support the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of the mother.
BENEFITS OF POSTPARTUM MASSAGE
Relieves pain: Body pains, particularly in the lower back, hips, and abdomen, are normal due to pregnancy. Massage can help relax these sore muscles and ease the pain.
Reduces swelling: The blood volume increases by around 50% during pregnancy, and body fluids are to be balanced after pregnancy. Postpartum massage helps improve circulation and stimulate lymphatic drainage to eliminate fluids and toxins from the body.
Helps you sleep better: Massage therapy eases the fatigue, provides relaxation, and makes you sleep better.
Opens blocked ducts: A gentle massage therapy could remove the hardened lumps and open the blocked ducts in the breast, thereby lowering the risk of mastitis. On the other hand, a vigorous massage can worsen the mastitis.
Improves post-delivery recovery: Commonly experienced postpartum blues such as depression and anxiety are related to hormonal changes. Massage could help treat depression and other baby blues, and it improves mood too
WHEN CAN YOU HAVE A POSTPARTUM MASSAGE?
You may opt for a postpartum massage when you feel you are comfortable. Whether you’ve had a cesarean section or vaginal delivery, you will need around six to eight weeks for complete recovery. Ideally, it is best to wait until you are fully recovered after the delivery and then get a massage. However, it is good to consult your healthcare provider before you schedule one.
WHEN SHOULD YOU AVOID POSTPARTUM MASSAGE?
You should avoid a postnatal massage if you have/had:
Cesarean section; wait until the incision is healed
Skin conditions such as blisters, boils, eczema and rashes
Hernia and high blood pressure
Make sure that you talk to your doctor before getting a massage. This helps you figure out the right kind of massage to get and the right time to get it.
DO YOU DO FUNDAL OR UTERINE MASSAGE?
No, I don't do this massage, contact your GP or midwife for a list of qualified practitioners.
WHAT TYPES OF HEALTH INSURANCE DO YOU ACCEPT?
Laya Healthcare and Irish Life
I am a member of the Association of Neuromuscular Physical Therapists (ANMPT).
If you are a member of Laya Healthcare or Irish Life; part of your treatment will be covered under your policy.