Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage

Although pregnancy is a welcome blessing for most, it brings with it many changes. As a woman’s body changes, the mother now must adjust to her altered physiological and emotional functioning. The shape of the pregnant body shifts and her gait and other movement patterns are altered. It is also a time for mixed feelings of upheaval, anxiety, joy and euphoria. There are many physiological changes that a pregnant woman experiences during her pregnancy

Changes in: Cardiovascular; skin due to fluctuation in hormone levels; respiratory; musculoskeletal; breast tissue; digestive

 

It is important and beneficial for a pregnant woman to receive treatments throughout her pregnancy. In the first trimesters, it could help with feelings of nausea, breast tenderness, and other muscle aches. Massage therapy in the first trimester is safe as long as the massage therapist adjusts to the woman’s needs and concerns. Moving forward through the different trimesters massage therapy could be beneficial in order to aid in the changing body. The pregnant woman could also experience an abdominal massage beginning in the second trimester and think of it as her baby’s first massage!

 

Massage therapy can help by reducing stress, promote relaxation and can help facilitate the transitions in emotional support and physical changes. It can help reduce the negative effects of physiological changes; reduce musculoskeletal pain and strains; contribute to developing flexibility and body awareness. Further massage therapy can also have a role in post-partum pregnancy by reducing musculoskeletal and organic pain and by promoting postural corrections and rehabilitation of a post-partum body.

 

Breast Massage 

There are many indications for breast massage therapy. During pregnancy the breast tissue undergoes many changes throughout each semester and massage therapy can facilitate in easing those symptoms. Other indications include: general drainage problems, menstrual pain, breast swelling or congestions, blocked milk ducts, pre/post-surgery, symptomatic relief of pain, and overall assistance with breast health.

Breast Massage can also be used in conjunction with Manual Lymphatic Drainage with women experiencing drainage issues associated with breast cancer or other issues related to the lymphatic system.

Generally, breast massage therapy could be a good indicator for general breast health and it could be part of a woman’s massage therapy treatments.

 

 

Klara Ric, Registered Massage Therapist

 

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Osteopathic Treatments!

OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT NOW AVAILABLE

 

I am excited to have joined the team at The Massage Clinic Health Centres. The multidisciplinary approach is most effective in restoring and maintaining optimal health.  My modality is OSTEOPATHY.

OSTEOPATHY is a natural, hands on, holistic approach to health care.  As an OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTITIONER, I will thoroughly assess you by taking your medical history and then performing a functional assessment.  As the body is one unit, my approach is to restore all of the body’s components back into a functioning unit.  I use several osteopathic techniques to attain your health goals:

  • Cranial (head)
  • Visceral (organs)
  • Fascial (connective tissue)
  • Biodynamic (fluids)
  • Osteoarticular (joints)

There is a wide variety of conditions that osteopathy can help:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Ear infections
  • Sports injuries
  • Pain from motor vehicle accidents
  • Colic, crying, suckling difficulties
  • Birth trauma
  • Painful menstruation
  • Digestive disorders
  • Asthma and bronchitis
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus

And the list goes on because I am treating you, not the condition.  OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTITIONERS treat the cause of disease and dysfunction and stimulate your inherent healing ability. My thesis proved that people seek OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTITIONERS because: we are good listeners, we treat the cause of dysfunction and we treat the whole person.  We are multifaceted beings with emotional, mental and spiritual issues which impact on our physical health.

I treat people of all ages and stages of life.  Osteopathy is quickly becoming a mainstream therapy of choice.  We have a great track record and have the endorsement of most extended healthcare companies.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

Catherine Cartwright, D.O.M.P.

 

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Tips on Posture

POSTURE CHECK:

 

  1. Feeling for balance:  Close your eyes and march in place a few times.  Then stand still in your natural posture.  Where is your weight balanced? Forward on the balls of your feet or more on your heels?  On one leg more than the other? Your body weight should be distributed evenly between your legs and centered in the middle of you foot.
  2. Feet:  place a mirror near the floor and look at your feet.  Are they toed inward or outward? Rolling inward onto your arches or out toward your little toes? Your feet should be slightly turned out and neither rolling in or out.
  3. Knees:  Do your knees roll inward or outward?  Where are the kneecaps in relationship to the ankle and hip sockets – in a vertical line or off to one side?  Turn to the side – are the knees locked or relaxed? From the front your knees should be vertically aligned between the ankle and the hip, the caps facing straight ahead.  The knee should be relaxed; from the side the kneecap should appear slightly forward.
  4. Hips:  face the mirror and place two fingers on each hip socket (from your hipbones, two inches down and two inches inward – in the crease between your hip and thigh.  Are your hands on a horizontal line, or is one higher?  Is one hip rotated father forward than the other? The hips should be even in all directions.
  5. Lower back:  turn to the side. Rest a hand on its side in the centre of your buttocks so that your fingers point down like a tail.  Do the fingers point behind you or underneath you?  If they point behind you, you have a “swaybacked” posture; underneath you means a “flat backed” posture.  For neutral (ideal) posture the fingers should point straight down.
  6. Upper Back:  from the side is your upper back rounded?  Are your shoulders forward?  Is your rib cage caved in or sticking out?  Is one side of your torso rotated in front of the other? The upper back should be straight or slightly rounded, the rib cage neither collapsed nor jutting forward, and no rotation of the torso.
  7. Shoulders:  face the mirror and look at your shoulders. Is one higher than the other? Is one more forward?  Turn sideways.  Is the shoulder in front of the hip? Behind the hip?  Check the other one. The shoulders should be even horizontally and line up vertically over each hip.  Neither shoulder should be rotated forward.
  8. Head and Neck:  Stand sideways to the mirror.  Does your chin jut forward?  Is your ear in front of shoulder?  Behind your shoulder? The hole in your ear should be lined up vertically with the centre of your shoulder.  The chin should be relaxed, not jutting forward.

 

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Dr. Sheila Hubscher, B.Sc D.C.