Reflexology is widely used to treat most conditions, when treating mums to be. Not only is it a great way to stay healthy and relaxed but it can also help elevate some of those not so pleasant conditions that go hand in hand with a lot of pregnancies, such as:
- Backache and sciatica
- Braxton hicks
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Groin / Ligament pain
- Mood swings
- Nausea and vomiting
- Oedema (swelling of the ankles, wrists or fingers)
- Symphysis pubic pain.
As you know ladies the list goes on!!
It?s not only on a physical level that it helps but it can also help with your coping mechanisms too. By keeping your nervous system and endocrine (hormones) in a state of harmony and balance. Which helps your mind and body adjust to coping with your newborns demands. There is also a lot of research showing that reflexology is very good at increasing and maintaining milk supply and also know for helping with postnatal depression.
Ideally being treated before, during and after pregnancy is wonderful. However 6 weekly treatments are recommended before your due date to balance hormones and to prepare you for the birth.
If your baby does not arrive on time PRIMING FOR LABOUR techniques after your due date can be used to encourage labour.
As with all holistic therapies, it is recommended that you wait until the second trimester to start treatments, as this is the most delicate stage of the pregnancy. It is also advisable that you consult your GP if you have any concerns with regards to your health before commencing. There are a few total contraindications that you need to be aware of, they are:
- Placental abruption
- Placenta praevia
- Continuous vomiting
- Toxaemia: Pre-Ecclampsia - Ecclampsia
This will be discussed in length during the consultation and advice will be given accordingly.
A STUDY ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY AND PREGNANCY
A study of 593 women giving birth at a Danish hospital found that 89.7% of those who chose reflexology with no anaelgesic drugs, felt it reduced pain, with only 4 of them requiring additional pain medication.(Easier Births Using Reflexology." by Gabriella Bering Liisberg, "Tidsskrift for Jordemodre," No. 3, 1989)
This study also showed that not only can it help reduce pain but it can also help bring about labour, often without the need for further intervention in about half the cases. Further study has also shown that it can reduce labour time by over 60%. The study conducted in London by Dr Gowri Motha showed that women having regular reflexology treatments had an average first stage labour of 5-6 hours, compared to textbook expectations of 16-24 hours. It also found that Stage 2 and 3 of labour combined was less than 25 mins for those having had reflexology, compared to more typical experiences of 1-2 hours.