Lymphatic Massage or Pre and Post Surgery Massage
Manual Lymphatic Massage is a gentle massage technique performed on the surface of the skin which helps to stimulate the lymphatic system. The Lymphatic System consists of lymphatic fluid, lymph nodes and lymph capillaries which carry excess water, proteins and waste from the connective tissues back to the venous blood stream where it is cleansed and eliminated. A healthy lymphatic system is essential for restoring well-being when the system has been compromised by an illness, medical condition or surgery. Patients who incorporate Pre and Post Surgery Massage into their recovery plan experience improved surgical outcomes and reduced recovery times.
Prior to Surgery:
- Removes toxins from system by accelerating lymph flow
- Increases blood flow to tissue
- Improves the immune system
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Eliminates waste product and inflammation from injured tissue
- Reduces edema (swelling)
- Reduces bruising
- Reduces scar formation
- Improves lymph flow due to limited physical activity
- Accelerates the healing process
Treatment Recommendations The number of Pre and Post Surgery Lymphatic Massage appointments recommended will vary depending on the patient and the type of surgical procedure. For the best results, patients should receive 1-2 MLD treatments prior to surgery with the last being 24-48 hours prior to surgery. Consult your health care provider prior to scheduling your pre and post surgery lymphatic massage appointments to ensure that it is safe for you to receive this treatment.