Massage for Post-Op Recovery
If you want to get the most out of your surgery recovery, you should definitely consider a post-operative massage. As its name suggests, a post-operative massage is a procedure performed on those who have undergone a general surgery, orthopedic or plastic surgery and require a period of rest and rehabilitation.
What is a Post-Operative Massage?
A post-operative massage is a gentle form of massage that increases blood flow and promotes recovery by targeting the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps process waste and absorbs fluids. After surgery, these fluids can harden, which is often painful. A post-operative massage prevents and treats this hardening of fluids by reducing inflammation and promoting circulation to the affected area.
The massages also serve as a tool to further promote the aesthetic you wish for yourself and aid in reducing things like scarring and discomfort. This article will go over what a post-op massage entails, how it can benefit you, and the risks that are sometimes involved with a post-op massage.
Benefits of Massage on Recovery
Post-operative massage therapy is tailored to help recovery and limit problems. Here are some of the benefits you can expect.
Soft Tissue Repair
By carefully selected massage techniques, therapists can help promote circulation and blood flow throughout your body–although primarily in the area that was treated. This improvement of circulation allows for nutrients to easily be brought to certain areas. With the increase of nutrients, soft tissues have an easier time in repairing.
Less Scar Tissue
Another aspect that massages can aid with is in the reduction of scar tissue. Because the therapist is relaxing the muscles, they become supple. This helps decrease the chance of scar tissue forming. In addition, it can also help break up scar tissue that has already formed and promote healing and regeneration of these problem areas.
Overall, with better circulation and easy access to nutrients–as well as just a general reduction of stress–your body will heal faster.