Natural Pain Relief in Labour – The Gate Control Theory!
Did you know that combs and plant pods/seeds have been used for pain relief in birthing for centuries?
To explain how it works we need to look at the Gate Control Theory!!
The gate control theory of pain says that the brain cannot concentrate on more than one sensation at the same time, asserting that non-painful input closes the nerve “gates” to painful input, which prevents pain sensation from traveling to the central nervous system.
The teeth of the comb or the spikes from the banksia pod applies acupressure to points to the hand – creating a distraction and a new focal point for the brain to concentrate on.
When you feel a contraction coming, close your fist around the comb or pod, with as little or much pressure that works for you, and let the “teeth” press into your palm of your hand.
The points that lie along the creases of the hands, where the fingers join the palm, are the most beneficial, however any pressure within the palm can distract you from the pain of your contraction and actually naturally help ease the discomfort of labour.
I love the Banksia pod as it offers more points of acupressure stimulation.
For P2B mum’s preparing for a vaginal delivery I gift them with a banksia pos to use in labour.
Side note: I have been collecting my banksia pods from Paradise Point (Sovereign Island end if you are looking for them).
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