Massage is helpful for relieving any kind of pain and several studies have proved that about 80-90% women reported reduction in pain when they were massaged during labor pain. It supported them psychologically and helped relieve their anxiety about labor and delivery. We all know that emotions and thought play a big role in helping to relieve or alleviate pain. Massaging or even a touch is re-assuring for any individual during pain.
Doctors or midwives recommend that a woman should be massaged during labor as it eases pain, relieves her anxiety, shortens the labor period and also lowers the woman’s risk of postpartum depression. Touch can help to relieve many kinds of pain because when the body is touched in a gentle manner, the brain is stimulated to release endorphins that help to reduce the pain and improves a person’s mood.
Using massage for relieving labor pain has no side-effects or drawbacks for the mother or baby. Massage can be used in conjunction with other forms of pain relief. It is not necessary that this massage has to be given by some expert. However, some women might not like to be touched during labor contractions. But for those who find massage relaxing here are few tips-
Using Massage to Relieve Pain during Labor