Postnatal massage, when performed by a qualified and experienced massage therapist, can provide new mothers relief from sore muscles. However, there are little effect on tummy reduction and some potential risks and complications associated with postnatal massage.
Infection: There is a risk of infection if the massage therapist uses unsanitary equipment or practices poor hygiene. Mothers who have had a cesarean delivery may be particularly susceptible to infection.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): Postnatal massage may increase the risk of DVT, a condition where blood clots form in the deep veins of the body, usually in the legs. Women who have a history of blood clots or are at high risk of DVT should avoid postnatal massage.
Pain: If the massage therapist uses too much pressure or is too aggressive, it may cause pain, especially if the mother has recently given birth.
Breastfeeding problems: Some women may experience difficulty with breastfeeding after a massage, as the massage may interfere with milk production or cause pain in the breasts.
Contraindications: Postnatal massage is not recommended for women with certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or infections.