Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, including the skin and muscles. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. Some people believe that massage works because the touch is healing. Touch also communicates a sense of caring.
When you are pregnant, you can use massage therapy for relaxation and to help relieve muscle tension and pain. But for massage to be safe during pregnancy, make sure that you:
Be sure that your massage therapist is specially trained in pregnancy massage and is certified by your state or a national body, such as the American Massage Therapy Association. This ensures that your massage therapist has a certain level of training and uses certain practice guidelines.
Current as of: February 11, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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