Massage during labor is particularly helpful in preparing the pelvic joints to loosen, and to improve the flexibility of the muscles most utilized in labor and delivery. In early labor, massage can help a mom relax and conserve energy for the more intense stages. Massage also serves as effective pain relief, and can be used in conjunction with breathing techniques or other relaxation methods. Some individuals experience back pain in labor; massage focusing on this region and incorporating counterpressure can provide relief and enable the laboring parent to maintain composure.
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