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Postoperative Massage

Postoperative massage is a gentle combination of techniques used to increase blood flow, reduce bruising and swelling, and promote healing by targeting the lymphatic system. This system is part of the body’s immune system, maintaining fluid levels in the body, as well as clearing any existing toxins.

How Does Postoperative Massage Help Me?

There are two different forms:

For orthopedic procedures, such as a hip replacement or surgery on your knees, and laparoscopic surgery like an appendectomy. General focuses on breaking up scar tissue, while removing excess fluid to promote the healing process. As the therapist relaxes the muscle, it becomes more supple, decreasing the possibility of new scar tissue formation, and breaking up existing scar tissue. It also promotes healing and regeneration in the problem areas.

Focuses on draining excess fluid from the lymphatic system. Any cosmetic or plastic surgery produces a lot of fluid retention. The swelling may create discomfort or even pain for the patient, if not addressed. People often feel they look worse after their surgery, as the healing mechanisms in the body start to kick in.

Shalicia, our therapist, helps reduce inflammation and promotes circulation to remove excess fluid, decreasing the tension in the area and easing pain and discomfort. After treatment, patients are pleasantly surprised at how much better their body looks.

Massage makes a difference in what you see when it comes to cosmetic procedures—there’s a difference in how you feel, after both general and cosmetic surgeries.

Procedures and Benefits

 candles with calming flameSome procedures that may benefit include:

  • Liposuction
  • Breast augmentation or reduction
  • Tummy tuck
  • BBL
  • Any type of plastic surgery
  • Ligament or joint procedures
  • Knee, hip, shoulder, or back surgery
  • Endometriosis surgery
  • Appendectomy

Some benefits include soft tissue repair by promoting circulation, allowing nutrients to reach the affected areas; reduction in pain and swelling, accelerated healing resulting from better circulation, increased nutrient supply, and a general decrease in stress levels.

Following Doctor’s Orders

The surgeon or primary care provider determines when therapy may begin. We follow the guidelines they provide for your care. In some cases, patients come in the day after their surgery, while others have to wait three weeks or more before beginning.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do sessions last?

Typically 30-45 minutes, because the area can be a little tender. It’s not the most comfortable, but patients feel better afterward.

How often do I have to come in for care?

It depends on your doctor’s orders. The frequency tends to be more often, to start. It’s also important to gauge how your body is feeling and reacting to sessions..

I have all this fluid draining, can I still get a massage?

Patients are sometimes embarrassed because their surgical sites are draining and messy. We let our patients know we’re prepared for that. Our facility is equipped to handle the situation, and our therapists use gloves. And don’t worry, our premises are kept clean and totally sanitized!

Ready to Begin?

Speak with a staff member to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you.

Postoperative Massage Therapy Old Town Alexandria VA | (703) 683-7771