Post-surgical Massage

Post-surgical Massage (60 minutes)

Post-surgical massage, also known as post-operative massage or surgical recovery massage, is a specialized form of massage therapy designed to support the body’s healing process following surgery. This type of massage aims to address specific post-surgical concerns, alleviate discomfort, reduce swelling, and promote overall recovery and well-being.

Key aspects of post-surgical massage include:

Reduction of Swelling and Edema:  Post-surgical massage techniques focus on gently mobilizing lymphatic fluid and promoting circulation to reduce swelling and edema (fluid retention) in the affected areas. This helps to alleviate discomfort, improve range of motion, and promote faster healing.

Scar Tissue Management:  Post-surgical massage can help minimize the formation of scar tissue and promote the healing of surgical incisions. Therapists use gentle, targeted techniques to encourage tissue remodeling and reduce the appearance of scars, promoting better mobility and function in the affected area.

Pain Management:  Following surgery, patients may experience pain and discomfort due to inflammation, tissue trauma, and changes in movement patterns. Post-surgical massage techniques, such as gentle compression, effleurage, and trigger point therapy, can help alleviate pain and tension in the muscles and surrounding tissues, promoting relaxation and a greater sense of comfort.

Improvement of Circulation:  Post-surgical massage helps to improve circulation to the surgical site and surrounding tissues, delivering oxygen and nutrients essential for healing while facilitating the removal of metabolic waste products and toxins. Enhanced circulation supports the body’s natural healing processes and promotes faster recovery.

Emotional Support and Stress Reduction:  Surgery can be a physically and emotionally challenging experience. Post-surgical massage provides a nurturing and supportive environment that helps reduce stress, anxiety, and tension, promoting a sense of relaxation, comfort, and overall well-being during the recovery process.

Individualized Treatment Plans

Post-surgical massage therapists tailor treatment plans to meet the unique needs and concerns of each patient, taking into account the type of surgery performed, the patient’s medical history, and any specific post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon or healthcare team.

It’s important for individuals considering post-surgical massage to consult with their healthcare provider and obtain clearance before beginning massage therapy, especially in cases of recent surgery or underlying health conditions. Working with a skilled and experienced massage therapist who specializes in post-surgical care can help optimize the healing process and support a smooth recovery journey.