Massage reduces pain, vital signs & anxiety.

Massage has been proven to be one of the many strategies to relieve pain after caesarean birth. In 2018 findings were published about the positive impact of hand and foot massage for post caesarean care.

The massage therapy journal reports a finding from two studies claiming that hand and foot massage post Caesarean birth have been found to relieve pain intensity, vital signs and anxiety. All levels measured showed a significant drop. Participants were given foot massages 20 minutes after their surgical births.According to the Harvard Medical School, “Therapeutic massage may relieve pain by way of several mechanisms, including relaxing painful muscles, tendons, and joints; relieving stress and anxiety; and possibly helping to "close the pain gate" by stimulating competing nerve fibres and impeding pain messages to and from the brain.”

Pain after caesarean birth results from effects of the surgeon cutting through several layers of tissue to access the uterus. In addition , to widen the opening, surgical retractors are inserted to stretch the muscles and provide easy access to the baby. The baby’s head is often lifted out of the uterus with large forceps also adding to the strain. All of this activity leaves the lower abdomen feeling quite tender and bruised. The Doctor will order a regime of oral pain relief for the first few days until the tenderness subsides. The first shower after a caesarean section provides welcome relief with the warm water running over the surgical site being very soothing.

In addition to medication, massage and warm water, meditation and relaxation music can also help reduce pain. The Musical Acupuncture  CD produced by Janalea Hoffman is an innovative concept in music therapy that invites one to experience how music can conduct and move energy in the body very similar to an acupuncture treatment without needles! The CD contains beautiful music composed at exactly 50 beats per minute. This music has proven to be particularly effective for chronic pain such as arthritis, back pain, headaches, as well as deep relaxation.

Massage Therapy Journal, 2018, Vol.57(3), p.22(1)