Treatment During Pregnancy

Massage Therapy can help in the following ways:

  • Contributes to an overall sense of well-being
  • Relaxes both body and mind
  • Decreases edema
  • Increases circulation
  • Increases energy level
  • Reduces muscle tension and backache
  • Reduces headaches
  • Stimulates endorphin release (a natural pain killer produced by the pituitary gland)

Massage Therapy will provide general relaxation and an emphasis on improved circulation and drainage plus attention to the presenting signs and symptoms. The Registered Massage Therapist (R.M.T.) may use techniques to help the expectant mother relax into controlled pain. These may include diaphragmatic breathing and trigger point therapy as a warm-up to labour. Various forms of hydrotherapy, remedial exercise, self massage and postural guidance may be indicated for homecare between treatments. Massage therapy is an excellent drug-free method for treating the muscle tension, edema and discomfort often associated with pregnancy.


One of the most common discomforts of pregnancy | Here are some preventative measures to assist you:

Standing - try to avoid prolonged standing. When standing, try to rest one foot on a box or stool.

Sitting - try to avoid sitting in one position for more than half an hour. Sit back in a chair which provides good lumbar (low back) support. Rest one or both feet on a box or footstool.

Sleeping - lie on your side with your knees bent and a pillow between them. Sleeping on your back with a pillow under the knees may be comfortable until about the fourth month of pregnancy.

Lifting - Avoid lifting heavy objects. When lifting something from below waist level, keep your back straight and bend your knees to reach the object, then tighten your abdomen and straighten up with your legs. Strengthen your abdominal muscles to help reduce the arch in your spine.

Exercise - Follow the prescribed exercise program designed by your R.M.T. Avoid lifting both legs at the same time or arching your back.

*The above information has been provided courtesy of the Massage Therapists Association of BC