Labor Acupressure is a safe and effective
alternative to medical labor indcution in a hospital. Labor
Acupressure is a natural method that rapidly increasing group of
labor care professionals are using and recommending to pregnant
mothers, especially those who are threatened by medical labor
induction. This is because labor acupressure provides a safe and
natural alternative to
induce labor, without the risks of pharmaceuticals.
The holistic and natural approach of labor
acupressure in bringing on the process of childbirth has
absolutely no effect on the unborn baby as no unnatural substance is
being introduced into the body. It?s safe for the mother, as well,
because it only helps your body to function better. The worse
possible side effect is a slight chance of soreness at the site of
pressure point stimulation after repeated treatments of the
acupressure points for labor.
Labor Acupressure encourages the labor to start by
helping the cervix to ripen and dilate, and stimulating the
contractions. Some labor acupressure points help to get the baby to
engage better, if he hasn?t descended well.
A recent study tested labor
acupressure on a group of women who were near or past their due
date, and used a control group of women in similar condition.
(Complement Ther Med. 2005) The pregnant women in the
control group were not given acupressure treament. As the result of
acupressure treatment, women in the acupressure group went into
labor naturally, significantly more often than the women in the
control group not using any acupressure techniques.
The management of labor pain and the
prevention of suffering are major concerns of many labor care
professionals and expectant mothers. As the risks of pain
medications are now known better, the non-pharmacologic approaches
for managing labor pains are becoming more common among midwives and
pregnant mothers who have educated themselves about the
Stimulation of specific labor acupressure
points for pain relief has been shown to increase the release of
endorphins which are extremely effective natural painkillers that
also improve the body?s performance and promote positive feelings. A
recent study revealed that treatment of one single pain relieving
pressure point remarkably reduced labor pains, according to the
ratings that birthing mothers gave during their labor and delivery
(J Altern Complement Med. 2004).
Additionally, the study showed that the total
labor time (measured from 3 cm dilatation to delivery) was,
surprisingly, much shorter in the labor acupressure group than in
the control group not using labor acupressure.
Mothers who have used labor acupressure have
been incredibly satisfied with the method. They felt that it was
very helpful in keeping the control of their own labor and delivery.
They found that labor
acupressure helped their cervix to dilate, encouraged the
contractions, and managed the labor pains, without the fear that the
labor would slow down.
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informational purposes only and in no way should be considered as an
offering of medical advice. You should regularly consult a licensed
health care professional in matters relating to your pregnancy,
labor and health in general and particularly in respect to any
symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.
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