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Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, including the skin
and muscles. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but
they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. Some people believe that
massage works because the touch is healing. Touch also communicates a sense of
When you are pregnant, you can use massage therapy for relaxation and
to help relieve muscle tension and pain. But for massage to be safe during pregnancy, make sure that you:
Be sure that your massage therapist is specially trained in pregnancy
massage and is certified by your state or a national body, such as the American
Massage Therapy Association. This ensures that your massage therapist has a
certain level of training and uses certain practice guidelines.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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