Prenatal Massage Course:
Back At It Therapists Investing in Education
One of Back At It’s core values is Empowerment, we empower our therapist to continuously grow, educate themselves and go beyond what they learn in school. We encourage continuing education so that we can provide our patients with the best care possible. Every few years we hire a prenatal instructor to come teach our team. This year (April 2023) we hired Janine Gotzke who has over 19 years experience in specializing in prenatal massage. You can read more about her HERE.
A few tips for booking a Prenatal Massage:
👉It is important when booking in for a massage that you choose “Prenatal Massage” so that you ONLY book in with therapists that do prenatal massage. NOT everyone on our team does this type of massage.
👉Make sure to update your therapist on your next visit about any changes or concerns from you last doctors appointment. Also update your therapist if you have any concerns.
👉We know that lying face down for a massage is often very comfortable, but for safety of the baby and added comfort to you, we use a side-lying cushion. That is why it is important to book “Prenatal Massage” so that the therapist can prepare the massage table with this cushion.
👉Underwear: often we ask prenatal clients to leave their underwear one because it makes draping in a sidling positing easier. Draping is a technique used to cover the client’s body during a massage to ensure comfort and privacy. During a prenatal massage, your therapist will only uncover the area they’re working on and will make sure that you’re properly covered at all times. Remember, draping is an essential part of the massage experience and helps create a safe and comfortable environment for both you and your therapist.
HERE are some common pains found during pregnancy:
1. Round Ligament:
The Round Ligament is a band of tissue that supports the uterus and stretches as your baby grows. As the uterus expands, you may feel a sharp pain or dull ache in your lower belly or groin area. This is called round ligament pain and is a common pregnancy symptom.
💡 If you experience round ligament pain, try changing positions slowly, using pillows for support, or taking a warm bath. It’s also important to stay hydrated and avoid sudden movements. However, if you have severe or persistent pain, bleeding, or fever, contact your healthcare provider immediately as these may be signs of a more serious condition.
2. SI joint pain:
Pain in your lower back or hips could be due to a common condition called sacroiliac (SI) joint pain. SI joint pain during pregnancy is caused by the hormonal changes that soften the ligaments and joints in your pelvis to prepare for childbirth. This increased mobility can cause the SI joints to become misaligned or strained, resulting in pain.
💡SI joint pain is typically felt in the lower back or hips, and it may be accompanied by a shooting pain down the legs or buttocks. You may also feel a dull ache in your groin area. The pain may be more intense when you stand up or walk for long periods, or when you change positions, such as from sitting to standing.
Bursitis is a painful condition that occurs when the small fluid-filled sacs called bursae, which cushion the joints, become inflamed. Here’s everything you need to know about bursitis in hips during pregnancy and how to manage it.
💡Bursitis in hips during pregnancy is caused by the increased pressure on the hips and pelvis as the baby grows. The hormone relaxin, which loosens the ligaments and joints in preparation for childbirth, can also make the hip joints more vulnerable to injury and inflammation.
Headaches are common during pregnancy, and they’re often caused by hormonal changes, stress, or dehydration. To manage headaches, try relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation, and make sure to stay hydrated. Over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen are generally considered safe during pregnancy, but be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication.
5. Leg Cramps
Leg cramps are another common type of pain during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. Leg cramps are caused by the increased pressure on your legs and the changes in your circulation. To prevent leg cramps, stay hydrated and stretch your legs regularly. Massaging your legs and applying heat or cold therapy to the affected area can also help alleviate pain.
Some discomfort is normal during pregnancy, it’s important to understand the different types of pain you may experience. Remember to speak to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions about pain during pregnancy. Back At It feels that it is very important to work with your healthcare providers. We want to make sure you have a happy and successful pregnancy.
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