which discs, how pregnant and where is the pain?<br><br>Is this a new problem or existing one which has been aggravated by pregnancy? If it is a new problem how did they diagnose ruptured discs with the pregnancy? MRI, CT, x-ray would all be no-nos...<br><br>Basically the pain from a ruptured disc is the nerve in the spine being piched. Massage won't help with the nerve being piched at the spine. What it will help with is the area tensing up because of the pain form the nerve being pinched. That extra tension contributes to the pain, but if the discs are actually ruptured, not bulging, easing the tension in the painful area might not do much. Also with the positioning you need to consider for pregnancy you might have a problem - not flat on back, not on stomach. A lot of bolstering could be the answer, and that could supply some relief without any massage.<br><br>Easiest recommendation for someone with hips larger than their waist is if they are side lying - put a firm pillow between the waist and underarm - this helps straighten out the back, and gives the shoulder a break from being squashed. You need a bigger pillow under the head if you have the pillow under the ribs. The pillow is positioned in the same direction as if it was under your head. <br><br>She shouldn't be lying flat on her back, you need one hip wedged up a bit, usually the right hip should be elevated. With back problems that twisting of the hip can be a problem, make sure there is a wedge under the shoulder too, so the whole body it slightly rotated. You need at least 20deg to stop the blood supply issues.