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Why should you get a lymphatic massage before surgery?

If you are preparing for surgery, your doctor might suggest a lymphatic massage pre-surgery. A lymphatic massage is recommended prior to surgery as it helps prepare your body for the surgical procedure. The massage stimulates the lymph vessels of your lymphatic system to remove waste products, bacteria, viruses, excess proteins, excess fluid, and any other unwanted substances from your body. This optimizes the cellular environment in the area of the body being treated. Pre-surgery lymphatic massage can also help reduce the risk of post-surgical complications such as infection, excessive swelling, bruising, and scar tissue formation. Another plus point? After the massage, surgeons find it easier to make an incision through clean, well-drained tissue. For best results, we recommend one to three sessions before surgery.

Why should you get a lymphatic massage after surgery?

Lymphatic massage is beneficial both pre and post-surgery. However, it is crucial that you get a lymphatic massage after the surgical procedure as it speeds up the recovery. Swelling is one of the most common side effects of surgery. It is a normal inflammatory response and a part of your body’s healing process as fluid rushes to the area to nourish it with white blood cells. Lymphatic massage prevents fluid build-up post-surgery and flushes it out of the body. This leads to a reduction in swelling and bruising. The massage also prevents fibrosis (the development of scar tissue under the skin).

Additionally, lymphatic drainage massage after surgery has a calming effect on the nervous system. As a result, it speeds up the recovery process by activating the natural healing mechanisms of your body. You can receive a lymphatic massage within days of surgery. We recommend a massage every two to three days for the first two weeks post-surgery. Schedule Today