Fort Collins Surgery Massage is a specialty of LymphWorks therapists. Surgery recovery presents unique problems that our training and many 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. Both therapist C.J., Lindsey, and Kaitlin are adept at techniques for swelling and pain reduction, improved circulation and range of motion, scar realignment and more. It does not matter what type of intervention you are recovering from as Lymphatic work & Massage Techniques can assist in your recovery; explant surgery, BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift), Mommy Makeover, Liposuction, Full Body Lift, Skin Removal, Breast Augmentation, Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement, Orthopedic surgery, Mastectomy, Lumpectomy, Tummy Tuck, Venous Surgery, Tumor or Skin cancer removal or more.
For pre-surgery Lymph Drainage Therapy, it is recommended you receive one to two 30 minute sessions prior to your procedure no closer to your procedure date than 3 days.
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 ten 30 to 45 minute surgery massage sessions depending on the severity or your surgical intervention.
Please note: Your surgical site should often not to be touched until six weeks after your procedure when incisions and scars are mature/strong enough to be manipulated or stretched without breaking open.
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 it.
Massage therapy and more invasive techniques can be safely performed away from the surgical site on other areas of the body during the first six weeks after your procedure but therapists must be cautious not to pull the tissue near the surgical sites, create more inflammation, and/or inhibit lymphatic circulation to key lymph node centers (armpits, groin, neck, deep abdomen).
Warning: There are several surgical centers and body contouring centers (on the east and west coasts) that boast deeper and very aggressive techniques they claim are "lymphatic massage", "body contouring" and "post surgical care" but they are NOT lymph drainage or lymphatic focused and much of the time they are performed by therapists with NO lymphatic training. These techniques are often unsafe to be done on acutely traumatized tissue and can cause seromas (fluid filled pockets), open sutures, and DELAY healing. At LymphWorks, We do NOT perform aggressive manual techniques on any client until the surgeon has released them for regular exercise - often 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery.
Additionally, we do NOT advocate for the pushing or massaging of fluids out of any open wounds/holes left by the surgeon. This is unsanitary and unsafe. Once surgical drainage tubes have been removed, the body should begin reabsorbing fluid via the LYMPHATIC SYSTEM and Lymph Drainage Therapy can and does facilitate, accelerate, and enhance this process of fluid reabsorbtion/edema reduction.
Post Surgery it is generally recommended you schedule in advance (at least 6 weeks) the following:
Please contact CJ or one of our Lymphworks therapists to ask which therapy or combination of therapies is right for your Fort Collins surgery massage needs.
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.
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Lindsey Longaker, LMT CMLDT
Specialty: Therapeutic Massage & Lymph Drainage Therapy and Manual Lymph Drainage (LDT & MLD), Lymph Massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy
Carol J. McDaniel, LMT HTCP CRMP
Advanced Energy Healing & Advanced Lymph Drainage Therapy, Lympho-Fascial Release, Brain Therapy
Photo credit: Marcus Edwards
Kaitlin Bachmeyer, LMT CMLD
Specialty: Therapeutic Massage & Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)