Pregnancy massage is a growing specialty—and kinesiology taping techniques for pregnant clients offer an additional tool for massage therapists serving this special clientele.
As the body changes size and body structure, bones and tissue absorb new lengths and positions. As these changes occur, so do compensatory movement patterns, which may cause pain and discomfort.
As pregnant women incur pain and discomfort from their newly found tissue lengths and postural strain, proper taping procedures can alleviate these potential culprits of disability.
Painful segments, such as the inguinal region, lower back, cervio-thoracic junction and pubic symphysis all can be addressed with changes in body cueing and positional related issues via kinesiology tape.
These taping treatments may result in a positive client outcome on associated pain syndromes.
Increase Movement Capacity
Later stages of pregnancy seem to create a more sedentary lifestyle. With kinesiology tape applications, it is the goal to establish a more preferred static body posture, thus creating a less painful body position. These changes may increase the body’s movement capacity and encourage better movement patterns and a more active lifestyle.
Adding kinesiology tape as an adjunct treatment after massage can assist in support and positional cueing of the skin. We now know that taping a muscle with kinesiology tape is a bit far-fetched.
When applying tape on skin, the first barrier and organ stimulated is the skin. Tape on skin can tap into the body’s neurosensory output. Once tape is applied, the skin will recognize it and make changes to the neurological system.
These changes will assist in down- or up-regulation of its fascial tone based on the tape’s position.
There is limited research to suggest why pain occurs with some pregnant women. According to an article in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, low-back pain in pregnant women accounts for nearly half, with 25 percent of them having serious pain…