Why wait to see a professional masseuse for a prenatal massage? A back and neck massager can alleviate pregnancy pain immediately.
Pregnancy in and of itself is not easy. While the result of a beautiful baby makes everything experienced well worth it, those long months of body changes, changes in hormones, and the aches and pains that come with all of that are not only uncomfortable but for some can be debilitating.
The most common of the aches and pains that a woman experiences are in her neck and back. And because these two areas of the body are used for just about every aspect of life, having discomfort in either can put a severe strain on the quality of life. As such investing in a back massager or neck massager to help alleviate the pain that can begin in the first trimester and last until the baby is born might be the best money spent during pregnancy.
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Here are the reasons why investing in a back and neck massager when expecting a baby can make all the difference in being comfortable when experiencing constant, persistent pain.
What Is The Cause Of Pain
During pregnancy, the body changes at a rapid rate, especially as the pregnancy nears its conclusion.
Hormones: Part of the process of the body getting ready to deliver a baby is loosening the ligaments in the body to help it expand as necessary. Unfortunately, the hormones do not target just the ligaments and consequently the muscles that are necessary to birth the baby. It affects all of the ligaments and muscles in the body, including in the neck and back.
Lack of mobility: The further along a woman is in her pregnancy, the less mobile she can become. This is because fatigue can set in quicker, she could have been put on bed rest, or just the overall ability to get around is more difficult. Regardless of what the reason, when moving around less, the body can begin to cramp, and especially for the neck, it can become stiff, according to Parenting FirstCry.
Weight gain: Gaining weight during pregnancy means that the center of balance of the body is changed as the bulk of the weight is centered on the baby bump, according to Healthline. This means that lower back pain is likely as it is strained when trying to counterbalance the expanding midsection.
Poor posture: Poor posture can affect not only the upper back but the neck as well. This is because as the center of balance is changed, the upper back and shoulders help to take the pressure off of the lower back, which then not only translates to upper back pain but neck pain as well, according to Healthfully.
How Massagers Alleviate Pain
The job of neck and back massagers is to trigger the muscles to relax. This is accomplished in several ways.
Releases contractions: When the muscles start to relax, the spasms or contractions that were causing the pain to begin to lessen. Once the muscles are not contracted, they can alleviate pressure on nerves, which can be the source of a lot of pain in the back, according to the University of Minnesota.
Stimulates relaxation hormones: Hormones such as serotonin and dopamine are released when a tense muscle is massaged, according to LoveToKnow. At the same time, cortisol, the stress-causing hormone, is decreased.
Increases circulation: With an increase in blood flow and circulation as a result of the massager, muscles will begin to relax. Once the massager increases the circulation, there is more oxygen available to the muscles with more blood movement. With slowed circulation, the blood can become sluggish, which can in turn make muscles be in pain.
Reduction In Stress Levels
Stress during pregnancy is very common. Fortunately, a massager can help to reduce stress and tension in the back, but especially in the neck.
When a mother-to-be faces stress, be it from constantly feeling sick or nauseous, having fears over the development of a baby, or constantly dealing with mood swings that do not let her manage stress as easily, according to The American Institute of Stress, that stress, in turn, can manifest itself into back and neck pain. By releasing dopamine and serotonin through massage, stress levels decrease, which in turn relaxes the muscles directly impacted by the stress.
While it would be fantastic to be able to get a prenatal massage every time neck or back pain reared their ugly heads, that is just not feasible. As such, being able to reach for a massager that can pinpoint the pain can come in very handy, especially when it is chronic during pregnancy.
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