If you feel emotionally drained or challenged after your c-section, a deep tissue sculpting massage may help you feel better. Giving birth by cesarean section doesn't just affect your body physically; you may also experience negative emotions like sadness and anxiety. Deep tissue sculpting addresses both the physical and emotional problems associated with c-sections. If you're ready to heal physically and emotionally, keep reading.
Why Is Deep Tissue Sculpting Good for You?
Deep tissue sculpting is a therapeutic massage technique used to release tension and pressure from your muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The technique normally treats back, leg and other muscle pain that develops from scarred or damaged tissues. But massage therapists may use deep tissue sculpting to alleviate the tension, stress and discomfort you may experience within the weeks or months following your baby's delivery by c-section.
These problems often occur when scar tissue develops over the incision site's external or internal skin. Scars that grow in, around or near your c-section site can trigger pain and anxiety in your body. These symptoms may become problematic for your emotional state, especially if you can't breastfeed your baby properly because of them.
How Do C-section Scars Interfere with Breastfeeding Your Baby?
Although the symptoms of c-section scars can eventually interfere with breastfeeding your new baby, they can also have an immediate and profound effect on your ability to nurse him or her right after giving birth. If you're in constant pain or taking heavy medications from your c-section, you may feel upset or even discouraged that you can't bond with your baby through nursing. Pain and medications can affect your ability to nurse in two ways:
Unable to Feel Fully Awake after Surgery
Depending on how long it takes for the surgical anesthesia to wear off, and for you to feel less groggy and aware of your surroundings, it may take a number of hours before you get the chance to breastfeed your child.
Taking Strong Pain Medications Longer Than Expected
In addition, the pain medications you take to control the pain after surgery may be too strong for you to nurse your baby. In this case, you might need to wait several days before you can actually breastfeed. It may upset or dishearten you because you can't provide care to your baby.
According to childbirth educator Nicette Jukelevics, mothers who deliver by c-section often experience difficulties breastfeeding their newborn babies. Although this doesn't happen with every c-section delivery, these moms and infants may lack the immediate physical and emotional connections that most moms and their infants develop after natural births. If this happens to you, your baby may have problems latching on to your breasts once you do get to breastfeed him or her.
How Does Deep Tissue Sculpting Relieve Your C-section Pain and Help You Breastfeed?
Your breastfeeding problems, coupled with the pain of your healing incision, may continue to discourage you long after you leave the hospital. Deep tissue sculpting massage addresses the physical problems you experience. As a result, your sad or discouraged feelings may go away or reduce with time because you no longer focus on the pain or take pain medications.
Your massage therapist typically uses his or her fingertips to promote better healing and less pain in your incision site. The pads of the fingertips provide a gentle pressure that won't cause pain in the tender, healing tissue. To help your c-section heal faster and alleviate your stress, the technique will:
- Circulate blood to the c-section site: Blood contains red and white blood cells that heal tissues quickly. They do this by promoting muscle cells to grow better, faster and more efficiently.
- Prevent or reduce scarring in the c-section site: Your c-section incision may form scars that adhere or grow into the tissues surrounding it. Deep tissue sculpting helps prevent this problem by making the muscle fibers in the incision site more elastic and flexible.
- Reduce pain in the c-section site: If you experience intense bouts of pain in the site, you may need to take strong pain relievers to cope with this symptom longer than you need or want to. Deep tissue sculpting soothes the nerves inside the surgical site's muscle fibers by releasing pressure from them.
As your body heals, your negative emotions may do so as well. You can now place positive focus on breastfeeding your baby without pain or discomfort.
If you would like to try deep tissue sculpting as a possible way to ease your c-section pain or negative feelings, consult with a massage therapist today. However, you should also consult with your doctor to make sure your site doesn't have any signs of infection or health complications that may interfere with the therapy.