Fort Collins Surgery Massage is a specialty of LymphWorks therapists. Surgery recovery presents unique problems that our training and techniques may address to get you healed quickly and back to your daily routine. Whether your surgery was to repair a joint, plastic surgery, breast cancer, or surgery due to disease, accident or trauma, we can help.
Your surgical site should often not to be touched until six weeks after your procedure when incisions and scars are mature enough to be manipulated or stretched.
However, Lymph Drainage Therapy and Energy Healing techniques are both gentle enough to be done on and around the surgical site 24 hours after your procedure or as soon as your surgeon approves.
Massage therapy can be safely performed away from the surgical site on other areas of the body during the first six weeks after your procedure.
For pre-surgery Lymph Drainage Therapy, it is recommended you receive one to two 30 minute sessions prior to your procedure.
Post-surgical swelling and pain reduces with just one 30 minute session of gentle touch Lymph Drainage Therapy "as long as there are no other untreated factors stimulating swelling" (2). The average person will experience a significant improvement after four to eight 30 minute surgery massage sessions depending on the severity or your surgical intervention.
Additional techniques such as Kinesio taping may be used in your surgery recovery and in the management of your post surgical swelling.
Kineseotaping may be used after surgery (knee replacement above) to aid in swelling reduction & activation of muscles to stabilize the joint
Note: It is advised you seek the consult and advice of your surgeon before seeking post-surgical massage services or Lymph drainage therapy services.
(1) Bruno Chikly, M.D., http://chiklyinstitute.org/ldt/applications.htm, Chikly Health Institute, Lymph Drainage Therapy Level I, pg. 311. 2009.
(2) Bruno Chikly, M.D., Alaya Chikly, CMT. "Applications of Pre & Post-Surgical Lymph Drainage Therapy". Massage & BodyWork, Summer/Fall 1997.