3 Benefits of Getting a Postpartum Massage

A massage after giving birth is as important as during pregnancy. According to medical experts, postpartum bodywork is the only breakthrough to your holistic and effective transition into motherhood. Among the very many benefits you can get from postnatal massage, below are the major ones that will certainly grab your attention.

Releases Oxytocin

It is a known scientific fact that a postpartum massage can trigger the production of oxytocin, which initiates the letdown reflex of your breasts to relax and release milk. Therefore, it's advisable that you wear some breast pads, or be in your breastfeeding bra, during the massage -- just in case breast milk leaks. The release of oxytocin helps to loosen clumps, opens blocked ducts, and reduces the risk of contracting mastitis.

Relaxes Muscle Tension

The entire childbirth process normally causes excessive strain on your body, particularly on your hips, back, and abdomen. Additionally, it is an established fact that if you’re breastfeeding, especially if you do it in unsuitable position, there is a high probability that your upper back may become sore. However, a postpartum massage can help to relax your muscles, ease body strain, and heal the sores.

Decreases Swelling

During pregnancy, the fluid volume of your body increases by about 50%. Your body must find a way to find a balance; else, complications such as swellings might arise. The good news is that a postpartum massage improves your lymphatic system drainage, which then facilitates elimination of waste products and excess body fluids. The resultant tissue simulation enables your body to shift the excess fluid into the right position, thus decreasing your swelling.

Ask for Help!

The arrival of your baby comes with many responsibilities, such as changing diapers, 2am feedings, and washing clothes among others. Still, your body might be unstable after giving birth. So, whenever you want to have a massage, ask for help from your husband, mother, or a friend!

There are several benefits to massage, but check with your medical provider before starting a massage regimen, discuss with them how long postpartum you should wait before getting a massage. You should also make sure to discuss whether or not you can have a full body massage or if there are parts of your body that should not be massaged.

 

To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Cartersville, GA today.

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