Pregnancy massage reduces prematurity, low birthweight and postpartum depression

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An exciting study has come from a collaboration of Universities in the USA and Portugal in regards to pregnancy massage. Massage therapy for pregnant women has many advantages. This study contributes scientifically to these claims.

The abstract for the article has been included below from ScienceDirect.


Pregnant women diagnosed with major depression were given 12 weeks of twice per week massage therapy by their significant other or only standard treatment as a control group. The massage therapy group women versus the control group women not only had reduced depression by the end of the therapy period, but they also had reduced depression and cortisol levels during the postpartum period. Their newborns were also less likely to be born prematurely and lowbirthweight, and they had lower cortisol levels and performed better on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment habituation, orientation and motor scales.

Many registered massage therapists at Broadway Wellness in Vancouver, BC having training and continuing education in the techniques associated with pre-natal/pregnancy massage therapy. Our clinic is built upon a massage therapy clinic, also offering services in Chiropractic care and Naturopathic medicine which, too, can be valuable resources for expectant mothers. If you would like some more information on pregnancy massage and the availability of our therapists, view our schedule online here or call us at 604-732-5222.

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