Therapeutic massage can help with (1) providing post-operative pain relief and (2) reducing post-operative swelling. When combined with manual lymphatic drainage, therapeutic massage can help with aftercare for people who have recently had plastic surgery procedures such as 360 liposuction, Brazilian butt lift (BBL), and tummy tuck.
The American Massage Therapy Association has provided this statement about post-operative massage:
"Postoperative pain can complicate and delay a patient’s recovery, lengthen hospital stays and costs, and interfere with a patient’s return to activities of daily living. In many people, pain medications can have unpleasant side effects. Research indicates that massage can decrease postoperative pain, decrease postoperative pain intensity, decrease postoperative pain unpleasantness/distress, decrease sympathetic responses to postoperative pain, accelerate the rate of decline in the intensity of postoperative pain, accelerate the rate of decline of the unpleasantness of postoperative pain, decrease doses of analgesics and increase levels of calmness/feelings of well-being."
I have an integrative approach to massage, drawing elements from the following massage modalities, depending on the needs and preferences of the person I am working with.
Swedish Massage (for general relaxation and well-being)
Neuromuscular Therapy (for addressing those bothersome points of muscular tension that appear as a result of injury, overuse, or emotional stress)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (for reducing post-operative swelling and boosting the immune system)
Sports Massage (for pre-event and post-event preventive care of muscles, as well as care for delayed-onset muscle soreness)
Myofascial Release (for loosening restrictions in the fascia, the tissue that connects our muscles, nerves, organs, and practically everything else in our bodies)
Reiki (for tapping into the healing power of the life force present in all living beings)
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