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Safety & Benefits of Medical Massage Chairs for Pregnant Women

Nov 8, 2018 by

One of the most common questions we receive is whether massage chairs are safe to use in pregnancy.

It’s a perfectly valid question. After all, it is in pregnancy that many women experience an increase in joint and muscle pain on account of the baby growing inside.

Massage can be a great way to relieve this discomfort without needing to rely on potentially-risky drugs.

That being said, no caring mother would ever want to harm their unborn child, so what is the answer?

Seek a Professional Advice First

The first and most important consideration when it comes to massage chairs and pregnancy is to speak to your doctor. E

Explain the discomfort you’re experiencing and ask for their professional advice on whether a massage chair is safe to use.

Your doctor will have a better understanding of your pregnancy than anyone else, and so should be able to provide the most accurate and medically-relevant advice possible.

Over the last few years, we’ve heard from some potential mothers and spoken to some massage chair manufacturers. The general advice is that women shouldn’t use massage chairs when pregnant.

While your doctor may disagree with this advice (and I would advise you to follow Doctor’s guidance).

If in doubt it is best to avoid massage chairs before birth.

Specific  Massage Chairs Models For Pregnant Women

Before you completely write off massage chairs as a bad idea during pregnancy, it is worth noting that there is a massage chair designed with pregnant or nursing mothers in mind.

The Osaki OS-4000 massage chair is designed to accommodate pregnant or nursing mothers, as pointed out in this article here.

If you are pregnant and considering purchasing a massage chair to make the whole experience more enjoyable, you may well want to consider this as a holistic and natural option for pain relief and more comfortable sleep – both for you and for baby.

Medical Benefits Of Massage

Massage encourages relaxation, by relaxing tense muscles along with the connective tissues. Massage helps to relieve your stress by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.

Massage improves flexibility by effectively breaking up tight knots within your muscles and joints.

Finally, we discussed how massage could provide an emotional recharge by increases levels of two neuro-chemicals.

Now let’s discover some of the beautiful benefits massages can have on ailments that many of us must deal with.

Massage helps decrease depression and anxiety – massage helps to increase levels of dopamine and serotonin which are natural chemicals that the brain produces to help reduce both anxiety and depression.

These chemicals help to promote a strong feeling of well-being.  

In addition to stimulating the increase of these chemicals the fact of connecting with another caring human being helps to provide greater comfort and relaxation of the nerves while easing stress and helping people deal with issues of depression or anxiety.

Massage helps relieve arthritis pain – Understanding that the causes of arthritis may be the long-term wearing down of joints a large percentage of the pain and suffering of the muscular tissues surrounding the affected joints can be reduced. This is hugely beneficial for people living with arthritis.

Massage helps relieve lower back pain – There is a substantial percentage of individuals that suffer from lower back pain. Massage has been shown to be very useful in reducing the pain as well as improving one’s range of motion with the regular use of massage therapy.

 Studies have shown that massage therapy can be more effective than standard physical therapy, medications and many surgical procedures; however, you still need to consult your family doctor and make decisions as to what is the best treatment for you.

Massage helps with circulatory problems – massage therapy helps to promote improved blood circulation, particularly to the limbs which is a big concern for people with diabetes. Issues such as chronically cold or numb hands or feet, swelling of your feet and legs can help or even relieved with regular massage therapy.

Massage helps with fibromyalgia – many people suffer from this debilitating condition and many times it goes undiagnosed.

Studies have shown that regular massage therapy is a critical component in the management and treatment of Fibromyalgia and the pain that its sufferers have to endure. It has been shown that regular massage treatments are more effective in reducing the pain that drugs or standard physical therapy.

Well I could go on, but for now, we will close this discussion, and in the future, we can list more medical benefits you can receive from the regular using a massage therapist or a quality massage chair.

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