The Large Intestine 4 pathway moves from the tip of the forefinger up to the face and circles the teeth; it bifurcates at the shoulder to move downward wrapping around the entire colon. At term pregnancy the colon practically encircles the upper portion of the uterus.
The exact point of LI4 is located on the medial aspect (side) of the first metacarpal (see photo) The skin located directly over this point is part of the outer part of the and and is thin. Ice massage over this area can cause breakdown of skin integrity due to cold temperatures and friction. However, the skin between the thumb and forefinger (see photo) is part of the thick hard, and horny texture of the palm and can withstand the intermittent friction and cold temperatures used in this technique.
A study was done by this author in 1992 using a small number of laboring women with overall 25 percent reduction of early labor pain. The hypothetical questions was developed: If ice massage of the web of the skin between the thumb and forefinger can reduce dental pain,will ice massage used in this manner also reduce labor pain.
The application of ice massage to the skin is noninvasive, no drugs used, and is comparable to applying a hot water bottle or powder for effleurage, and was considered no threat to the mother or the baby.
A second larger study was carried on in 1999-2002. "Ice Massage For The Reduction of Labor Pain was published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health Sep/Oct 2003. In November 2003, the paper was selected by Medscape (WebMD Health Professional Network) as best in materal health journals for the week and printed in its entirety on the internet. In 2009 it was included in Midwifery Best Pratice, Vol 5.
by Ask A Midwife 9 years ago
How-to, Hands-on ice massage for reducing labor painTools needed: Crushed Ice and a small wash cloth (high tech, right)Place small amount of crushed ice in the center or the washcloth.Twist the cloth around the ice making a miniature ice bag.At the beginning of each contraction use the ice...
by Ask A Midwife 9 years ago
Ice Massage For the Reduction of Labor Pain is based on the work done by Dr. Ronald Melzack and Dr. Patrick Wall at the McGill University in Canada. In the early 1960's Drs. Melzack and Wall proposed a new tgheory of pain mechanism. According to their Gate Control Theory of Pain, stimulation...
by phuasp 9 years ago
thks ar.colton,what kind, type of massage can relief back pain?What type of stretching?eg cat...,baby position?
by Meg Moon 7 years ago
Many women have totally natural childbirth without any pain relief- are those that say it is horrendous exaggerating or do you think there is just a massive range of labour and birthing experiences?
by phuasp 8 years ago
What type of massage and what kind of stretching exercise is good for back pain?
by registerdomains 3 years ago
You know any method to get rid of wrist pain? (Computer usage related)My wrists are paining after typing something in keyboard; previously it comes after typing a lot. But now the pain comes after typing a few words. I tried ergonomic keyboard and all, but it’s not so effective. Can you guys...
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