01 November 2012

Postnatal massage

Here is an article about postnatal massage from Hajni Varadi, which was originally posted on the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy blog.

Postnatal massage
by Hajni Varadi,  sports & therapeutic massage therapist 
Women often ask me how soon they can have a massage after giving birth. I usually recommend at least 3 weeks after natural birth and 4-5 weeks after a caesarean.

It is advisable to allow time for the body to recover, heal and adjust to motherhood, as there are all sorts of new aches and pains to deal with. During pregnancy it is usually the lower back that hurts; however, with breastfeeding and carrying a baby, the muscles between the shoulder blades can get tight and sore. The neck can also be painful from constantly looking down. On top of this, hormonal changes in the body can sometimes cause postnatal depression.

I know it all sounds daunting, but on a cheery note, massage can help you feel human again. What's more, during the treatment you can have a well-deserved power nap! If you are breastfeeding and/or have had a caesarean, you will be in a side-lying position during the massage, supported by a specially designed cushion.

During pregnancy there are certain areas of the body, such as the inner ankles and the middle of the shoulders, that can't be stimulated very much because it can increase the risk of going to labour too early. Once you have had your baby, there are no restrictions to massage. You can have the tension in your shoulders kneaded away, and have your hands and feet massaged as well.

Ladies, whenever you feel ready, be it 3 weeks or 3 months after giving birth, treat yourselves to a massage. I look forward to seeing you at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. 
If you would like more information about the postnatal massage services offered at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, contact us on 020 9789 3881, send an email to info@putneyclinic.co.uk or visit our website.

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