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Everything You Need To Know About Massage During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but a time that brings about many changes. Changes that can be physical, psychological and emotional.
Combined, Rachel and I have had 5 children, so between the two of us, I’m sure we have experienced many of the symptoms associated with pregnancy, and we thought it would be a good idea to explain to you how beneficial massage can be during those long months of waiting!
As our bodies grow to accommodate the baby, the additional weight naturally puts pressure on every part of your body. (Who knew it was possible for so many things to hurt at once?!) The added pressure can become extremely painful for many women and can interfere with their everyday life, especially if they are already caring for other children at home. Many women prefer to find safe, drug-free alternatives for pain relief and massage can offer this.
What can massage help during pregnancy?
1. Lower back pain
2. Upper back pain
3. Headaches
4. Leg cramps
5. Sciatica
6. Stiffness
7. Tension and knots
8. Heartburn
9. Acid reflux
10. Fatigue
11. Varicose veins
12. Edema (swelling)
13. Hip joint pain
14. Constipation
15. Depression and Anxiety
16. Sleep disturbances

What to expect at your massage therapy appointments?
Whilst most massage schools teach some pregnancy massage, it is important that you find a massage therapist who has done additional training/certifications in pregnancy massage, to ensure that you receive the best care possible, tailored to your specific needs.
The most recommended massage for pregnant women is Swedish massage, this type of massage improves lymphatic and blood circulation. (www.americanpregnancy.org)
At your appointment you will generally be placed in a side lying position with pillows to support the weight of your stomach and help you get comfortable. Depending on the stage of your pregnancy, you may also be using special pregnancy pillows to help take pressure off of your growing stomach!
One of the most important things to stress, is not to feel self conscious! Massage therapists treat people of all different sizes all day long and they want you to feel as comfortable as possible so that you can get the most out of your massage. We know how hard it can be to feel comfortable with your changing body, so make sure you find a therapist who you feel at ease with and discuss any concerns you may have before you begin your treatment, especially if you have never received a massage before.

Pregnancy massage and depression:
When thinking about pregnancy we usually picture a glowing, content woman, who is ready and excited to welcome her new baby into the world, but not every pregnancy is like that. Dramatic hormone fluctuations and anxiety over caring for a new life can create symptoms of depression and anxiety and can really interfere with enjoying the pregnancy. Whilst we would encourage any pregnant woman feeling this way to speak to her OB/GYN, we also acknowledge that massage has been shown to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety, especially in moms-to-be!
The Touch Research Institute carried out studies on how massage can help reduce symptoms of depression. It showed that moms-to-be that had a weekly massage, had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and higher levels of the “feel-good” hormones serotonin and dopamine. Another study they carried out showed that pregnant women suffering from depression had a significant improvement in their mood, as well as decreased anxiety, after receiving a 20-minute massage, two times per week. (www.parents.com)

Before we close, it is important to note that, as is the case with any therapy, you should first talk to your OB/GYN or midwife, before committing to any kind of treatment. Whilst massage during pregnancy is generally safe, there are certain conditions that may preclude you from taking advantage of massage therapy sessions. These things can include;
1. Bleeding
2. Pre-term contractions
3. High risk pregnancy
4. Pregnancy induced hypertension
5. Pre-eclampsia
6. Previous pre-term labour
7. Severe swelling
8. High blood pressure
9. Severe headaches
10. Or, if you recently gave birth

We hope you have found this information helpful, and we encourage you to share it with anyone you feel may benefit from receiving massage therapy during their pregnancy. If you have any questions, please feel free to book a FREE, no obligation consultation with Rachel by calling our office at 519.304.5007.
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A Story of How Children Can Benefit From Chiropractic.

Ella was less than a year old when I noticed something wasn’t right. She was recovering from yet another ear infection and it seemed like they came back before her course of antibiotics was even finished. At this particular visit, the doctor had recommended having her ears fitted with tubes to prevent these recurrent infections from happening. I knew as I picked up yet another prescription from the pharmacist that this would inevitably be another sleepless night for me, and as much as the sleep deprivation was getting to me, the worst part was knowing that my baby girl was in pain, yet again! I felt like I was doing something wrong! Fast forward a little and the ear infections became chest infections, bronchitis, pneumonia even! I was at a loss!

Around this time, my mother went to a wellness expo where she met a chiropractor and discussed Ella’s issues with him. She told me that he had explained how many ailments can stem from misalignment in the spine, especially in children who had experienced “traumatic” births. Ella had definitely experienced that. I had laboured for almost 4 days before an emergency c-section took place. The doctor had tried forceps with no luck and there was no other option than to rush me to the O.R and bring her out (she has always been so stubborn, but that’s another story!)

I decided that I really had nothing to lose at this point and so I packed up my almost 18-month-old daughter and took her for an appointment with a chiropractor in Kitchener. After her initial appointment he explained to me the issues that she had with her spine and how he could perform gentle adjustments to her with an instrument (activator) that would be able to help relieve her of these chronic infections she was having. I, of course, was skeptical, but just the right amount of desperate to try it! At her first adjustment she cried and I felt like maybe this wasn’t the right course of action, but when we got into the car, she promptly fell asleep and didn’t wake up for almost two hours!

As the treatments progressed she started to have more regular bowel movements, better sleep, and the best part of all…no more ear infections. She continued care for about a year and flourished. Around the age of 4 the problems started to come back, but at this time, I was a single mother, so I felt like treatment was not something that I could budget for. Unfortunately, I failed to see that it should have been viewed as a necessity rather than a luxury, but that time was too chaotic to see clearly. Ultimately, I moved in with my parents and was able to find work…in a chiropractic office! Being able to have Ella regularly treated got her back on track so quickly, it was incredible to see it for the second time. She had more mental clarity, a better immune system, everything just seemed to fall back into place.

The adjustments were so gentle (again, using the activator technique) and she always looked forward to her visits. I guess the chiropractor looked forward to her visits too as he eventually became her step father! I know I’m now speaking as the wife of a chiropractor, but it really was a life saver for me as a mother (who wants to be up with sick kids all the time?) but most importantly for my kids. Now that Spenser and I have 2 more children, I see the difference. Ezra (2) and Eden (1) have been adjusted FROM BIRTH! They have far better immune systems and have been more content since birth. I know chiropractic and children can sound scary, we all have the images of “old school” chiropractic treatments, people being “twisted” and “cracked” in every direction. But Spenser has shaped his career around being the exact opposite of the chiropractic stereotype. It’s an adjustment that works for everyone and is tailored specifically to the individual and their needs. I am now so blessed to have three healthy children, and every time someone gets the sniffles or falls over, we know we are in good hands! If your child is suffering, I encourage you to book your kids in at our clinic and let us help you get to the root cause of their problem(s).








Ella in the hospital around
6 months old. Another infection!

Ella after she started getting adjusted
around the age of 18 months!

Ella now, age 9.

Ezra’s first adjustment, in the

Eden’s first adjustment in the

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Teri Brantford, ON

I have been for chiropractic treatment many times at Brant Wellness and Rehab. Lanna always gives a warm reception when you arrive, and Dr. Spenser Dougley is a doctor that you know is listening! I have had fantastic results! I couldn’t get out of a chair this morning without excruciating pain. Had a treatment this afternoon and wow, I am moving 10X better

5 stars

Becky St. George, ON

I have been seeing Dr. Spenser for a few years. When I started seeing him I was a mess. I was in constant daily pain that would often land me on the couch with ice packs. My ankles and wrists used to hurt so much, that after going on a class trip with my kids, I would get tons of pain in my feet and ankles for days. And even something as simple as making dinner would hurt my wrists to the point where I wore braces on them just to help the pain. Now I very seldom have ankle or wrist pain since Dr. Spenser has worked on removing my scar tissue in those areas. I also have much less debilitating headaches. We are still working on that area, but have made great progress! I highly recommend seeing him. Chiropractors aren't all about backs! They can help the pain in your joints too!

5 stars

Stephanie Brantford, ON

I love the gentle approach Dr. Spenser takes to his treatments as the typical “snap” and “crack” treatments have never been very comforting to me.

5 stars