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Lymphatic Drainage Massage: A Guide for Post-Surgical Patients
If you've recently undergone surgery, your body is likely working hard to heal and recover.
One way to support your healing process is through lymphatic drainage massage, a specialized form of massage therapy that helps to promote the movement of lymph fluid throughout the body.
Research has shown that lymphatic drainage massage can be an effective tool for post-surgical healing.
What the research shows...
A study published in the International Journal of Surgery found that patients who received lymphatic drainage massage following breast cancer surgery experienced a significant reduction in swelling and improved range of motion compared to those who did not receive massage therapy.
International Journal of Surgery-
Another study published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine found that patients who received lymphatic drainage massage following knee replacement surgery experienced less pain, improved range of motion, and a quicker return to daily activities compared to those who did not receive massage therapy.
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine-
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The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and glands that helps to remove waste and toxins from the body.
After surgery, this system can become congested, leading to swelling, pain, and a slower healing process.
Lymphatic drainage massage has been effective in stimulating the movement of lymph fluid, which can reduce swelling, improve range of motion, and promote healing.
MASSAGE SHOULD NEVER HURT!
NOR SHOULD ANY THERAPIST ATTEMPT TO PUSH OR FORCE FLUIDS OUT OF YOUR INCISIONS!
We schedule your first session once your ports are removed (if you had any) and the surgery or incision site is completely closed.
It is recommended that you receive lymphatic drainage massage from a licensed massage therapist who has been trained in this technique.
The therapist will use gentle, rhythmic strokes to stimulate the lymphatic vessels and move lymph fluid through the body.
Massage Frequency? ~ Based on Your Doctor's Rx or Therapist's Suggestions:
The frequency of your lymphatic drainage massage sessions will depend on the type and extent of your surgery, as well as your individual healing process.
In general, it is recommended to receive lymphatic drainage massage two to three a week for the first 3-4 weeks following surgery, and then gradually decrease the frequency as your body continues to heal.
Your doctor can advise or we can make suggestions.
Schedule Your Full Plan of Care In Advance
To experience the full benefits of lymphatic drainage massage, it is recommended to book your full plan of care in advance.
We have a program designed for post-Surgery
After Lymphatic Massage
After a lymphatic massage, you may feel a sense of lightness and relief in the affected area due to the increased movement of lymph fluid, which helps to reduce swelling and improve range of motion.
You may also feel a slight improvement in your overall energy levels, as the massage helps to remove toxins and waste from the body.
It is important to note that the effects of lymphatic massage take time, but may be immediately noticeable.
The massage works to stimulate the lymphatic system and improve its function, and may provide immediate relief.
Over time, regular massage sessions can help to reduce swelling and improve healing.