Your body experiences major changes during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage may be able to help you with stress reduction, decreased arm and leg swelling, and ease muscle and joint pain. Massage can be particularly beneficial when medications and other medical options are less available. A massage therapist will place you in a comfortable position to receive this type of massage using specially designed massage pillows.
A 2021 review of 17 studies found some evidence that MLD in early stages following breast cancer surgery may help prevent progression to clinical lymphedema, though it may not provide any benefit for moderate to severe lymphedema.
A 2021 analysis of 17 studies showed that MLD early in breast cancer surgery can help to prevent the progression to clinically significant lymphedema. But, it may not prove to be any benefit to patients with moderate or severe lymphedema.