An important aspect of any surgical procedure is the post operative rehab recovery process. It’s during this process that natural movement is re-enforced. Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard rehabilitation procedures after surgery.

Benefits of improved Post Operative Massage Surgical Rehabilitation.

  • Assists the body in pumping more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
  • Accelerates surgical recovery process.
  • Aids improving joint movement and flexibility.

1. It also helps to relax the muscle that can tighten after surgery as they tend to contract in order to “guard” the area that has been operated on. Massage can also help to reduce the swelling that can can occur after surgery as it stimulates the lymphatic system to drain more efficiently.
2. Massage also increases the blood circulation, ensuring that oxygen and nutrients can get to the affected area easily. The massage can also help to strengthen the immune system which is important in guarding against post-operative infections and helping the body to heal. Massage also helps with the formation of scar tissue. This is because it can soften the skin through reducing and softening the build-up of excess collagen fibres which lead to obvious and sometimes painful scars. Breaking down the excess collagen will result in smaller scars.

Massage can be very beneficial to enable a quick recovery.

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Here are three more reasons to include post-operative massage in your post-operative surgery recovery.

1. PAIN.

It is well known that post operative massage therapy helps to relieve pain and it is also well known that surgical procedures are painful. So why not use massage therapy to help with pain management. Even once the wound has healed there can still be residual sensitivity and pain, which is perfectly normal and caused by muscle, fascia and skin tightness constricting on the nerves in the area. Using massage therapy to relieve the tension on all this soft tissue will also relieve tension on the nerve supply in the area. Giving you less pain.

2. SWELLING.

Swelling is a natural response by the body to help heal an injury. However sometimes this swelling can persist longer than we would like especially post-surgery. In orthopaedic surgery such as hip replacements and knee surgeries swelling can often reduce movement and hinder the mobility and strength of a joint. By using massage therapy we can assist the body in removing this excess swelling which in turn helps restore mobility & strength.

3. MUSCLE IMBALANCES due to surgery.

Some surgical procedures can cause damage or dysfunction in the muscle. There are many ways this can happen during surgery, whether it be from a prosthesis (hip or knee replacement) causing the limb to become longer or shorter than it was previously, the muscles being pulled aside to allow access to the site of surgery, or even from you being in the same or irregular position for an extended period of time during and/or after the procedure. Post operative massage therapy can assist the body into getting these muscles back into a more comfortable position, their original position or state or help stretch and lengthen them if they are tight from guarding the recently operated area.

BONUS REASON.

Massage is relaxing and nice and it should be used as a reward for being brave enough to have surgery in the first place after all everyone loves a bit of TLC while they are recovering.