Lymphatic Massage & Drainage
The benefits of post-operational Lymphatic Massage
After any surgery, helping your body accelerate healing time is only one of many results from the lymphatic massage. When you undergo surgery or procedures, whether it’s medical or cosmetic, the hope is to return to your routine asap without compromising the work done. Of course, you want to rest and do all the things your doctor tells you to. However, adding a spa treatment may be a necessary part of a healthy, quick recovery. Lymphatic massage can assist with swelling reduction, promote the body's natural healing processes, reduce stress, improve particular hormone production, help with improved circulation and nerve sensation healing.
Why care about the Lymphatic System?
Your Lymphatic System comprises multiple organs, including your bone marrow, spleen, thymus, tonsils, various tissues within some mucous membranes in the body, and the lymph nodes that help the body fight infection and disease with white blood cells, which is essential after operations. When you’ve had surgery, you need to remain still and can’t move as well for some time. This creates stagnation within the lymphatic system and makes it harder for your body to do what it needs to keep you healthy and happy during recovery. Manually assisting the Lymph system with a lymphatic massage is critical in maintaining positive post-operational healing.
How Will Lymphatic Massage Help Post-op?
After any surgery, from a face, thigh, or arm lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, hip or knee replacement, butt lift, or even bunion removal, your body swells. Your body’s lymphatic system runs throughout the entire body eliminating toxins, waste, and other unwanted or unnecessary materials and fluids which can dramatically increase your healing time after such procedures. Plastic surgeons agree that adding a lymphatic massage to your post-op care is an excellent benefit because it will reduce swelling or edema.
The massage technique is very light, so it doesn’t disturb the work done, allows the muscles and skin to heal appropriately, and may improve the aesthetic results. Reduced swelling is a reduction in tissue congestion. When the lymph tissues are congested, it can cause toxicity build-up, unwanted pressure or tension on the incisions, and infection can be at a higher risk. Mechanically assisting the lymphatic system helps you provide more nutrients to where they’re needed and allows your body to absorb more quickly and eventually eliminate the extra fluids and toxins build-up, helping with faster healing.
Regular vs. Lymphatic Massage, What’s The Difference?
Regular massage is more profound and is meant to manipulate muscles. Lymphatic massage addresses the largest organ in the body, the skin, and the underlying lymphatic system using a light touch or even brushes increasing their functional efficiency. With regular massage, you use long, full-body strokes. It ranges from short and rhythmic to wave-like strokes with lymphatic massage, which moves the fluids through your body into larger lymphatic clusters for faster elimination.
Wave-like motions and rhythms help you relax because they stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system. Also, eliminating those fluids and toxins with lymph massage will decrease edema, which will reduce muscular fatigue, weakness, and pain, delaying or minimizing onset muscle soreness that is typical after surgeries.
When Should You Schedule?
Typically it is recommended that after surgery, a patient will want to get their first lymphatic massage 10-14 days after. By that time, the bruising is gone, chiefly since any massage is done with bruising can be painful. They are following that first treatment, up with a treatment every week for at least five weeks.
Please note, lymphatic massage is NOT recommended if you have any of the following conditions:
Any Heart Conditions
History of blood clots or stroke
Current infection or illness
Liver or kidney problems
Cancer or malignant tumors
As with any treatment, please consult with your doctor before booking a series of lymphatic drainage massages to be sure they’ll benefit your post-operative plan.