Safe, Effective Treatment Options for Mother and Child
Posted by Cecil Horwitz
When a woman first finds out that she is pregnant it can be the happiest time in her life because of the fact that she will be bringing new life into this world. This is the time when her motherly instincts kick into full force and she wants to do everything possible to protect and nourish the growing baby inside of her. However, her body is changing in order to help support the pregnancy and this can come with a few challenges such as nausea and pain that can make it difficult to fully relish in this new joy.
Fortunately mothers now days have many options to choose from to aid in the relief of these ailments including acupuncture and massage. Acupuncture and massage provides a natural form of health care allowing a mother to safely receive care for her ailments while knowing that her baby will not be harmed from chemically induced side effects.
Prenatal Acupuncture and Massage
Most of us know that acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and during this time it has provided woman with supportive care during pregnancy. In today’s day and age we are fortunate enough to have scientific and technological advancements and even though acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine it is still improving quality of life but it now has the support of research to back it up. We now know that acupuncture can actually help early pregnancy nausea by easing the queasy feeling in the stomach and decreasing the urge to vomit.
This allows the new mom to go about her day normally without feeling scared that there might not be a washroom around in case she feels sick. Still, the most common concern woman experience throughout all three trimesters is pain including headaches, back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, and sciatica. This can take its toll on woman affecting her ability to accomplish daily tasks making her feel frustrated and helpless.
Acupuncture is able to aid in pain relief by naturally encouraging the body to release pain killing hormones such as endorphins allowing her to feel better all the while keeping the baby safe from side effects that pain killing medications can cause.
Massage has always been known to help with pain management and it is especially true when it comes to aiding woman who are pregnant that are suffering with pain. Many woman get tight sore muscles when they are pregnant due to changes occurring to her body and massage can release muscle tension by softening and lengthen the muscles. Like acupuncture, massage also has the ability to help the body release endorphins therefore improving painful symptoms naturally and effectively.
Another added benefit of massage and acupuncture includes pre-birth treatments. Both of these therapies have the ability to prepare a woman’s body for labor by decreasing labor duration and increasing hormones that naturally enable the body to have an efficient and less painful delivery.
Acupuncture and Massage for Postnatal Related Issues
After the new bundle of joy has arrived it can be a very busy time but it is important for mothers to take the time to look after themselves as well. Health issues that acupuncture and massage can aid with in some women who have just given birth include lactation problems, mastitis, and post natal depression. Acupuncture and massage can help with lactation issues by helping the body to naturally increase milk production so proper nourishment is provided for the new baby.
Mastitis is another common breast feeding issue and can occur within the first two months. If untreated it can become very inflamed and painful however acupuncture and massage can ease this pain by decreasing inflammation, unblocking milk ducts and promote smooth milk flow from the breasts.
Postnatal depression can be a tough topic for some woman to talk about but it is very important that a woman receive the proper care and support if she is suffering with this. Acupuncture and massage is able to provide a gentle solution to those suffering with symptoms of postnatal depression. Stress and anxiety are primary symptoms in woman suffering with postnatal depression and acupuncture has been proven to provide aid by releasing feel good hormones from the central nervous system increasing the ability to cope.
Anyone who has had a massage knows that it promotes relaxation thus decreasing stress and anxiety which is important in the management of postnatal depression. Using alternative medicine such as acupuncture and massage can help mothers become happy and healthy so that they can provide the best possible care to their children.
Maintaining a relationship with your midwife or OB/GYN or pediatrician is an important part of health care and can work really well in combination with acupuncture and massage and herbal medicine.