Injuries are natural ~ a by-product of living. Sometimes, injuries heal on their own and sometimes you must undergo surgeries. A surgery can be a life-changing event, but it can be managed with proper aftercare.
There is often a lot of inflammation after surgery. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a way to treat the swollen lymph nodes. MLD massage (especially post-op) is a technique to encourage the movement of lymphatic fluid and push it from the swollen nodes. So, this is not like a regular relaxation massage – MLD massage has a specific purpose, and it is highly recommended for faster recovery post-op.
MLD massage is a soft manipulation of the tissue. Although the massage starts with a focus on the unaffected areas, it ultimately increases the rhythmic contractions of the lymph nodes. There are many different techniques within MLD and a lot of them are in sync with diaphragmatic breathing.
There are four main strokes:
Different hand motions are used in MLD massage depending on the body part. Given the massage is post-op and healing is critical, it is important to consider MLD massage from a licensed massage therapist. A licensed massage therapist would know the right motion and pressure to use for complete recovery.
Typically you can go for an MLD massage within the next few days after a surgery (always consult your doctor first). Unless there are any specified guidelines, there is no time duration to be observed after surgery. The earlier you start with your post-op care routine, the faster the recovery will be. Although the recovery curve of everyone is different, an ideal loop of 10-15 MLD massage appointments is recommended. This completely drains any blocked lymphatic fluid and helps with the inflammation. The massage also helps with fibrosis and other muscle conditions.
What are the benefits of MLD?
Manual lymphatic drainage has significant benefits for different health areas and purposes; for this reason, nowadays more health practitioners recommend it as part of their treatments. Some of these benefits are:
Reduces pain and inflammation.
Stimulates kidney functions.
It’s useful for the treatment of blood circulation problems (venous insufficiency).
Helps to reduce lymphatic problems.
Stimulates the immune system, increasing the body’s own defenses.
Helps to protect your body against bacteria and viruses as it works in conjunction with the immune system.
It has a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system.
Its direct effect on the parasympathetic system generates a relaxing effect.
Tones the intestine, which helps fight constipation.
Regulates the body’s water balance.
Lowers blood pressure.
Helps to prepare your muscles for physical effort, this allows greater performance and better recovery.
Manual lymphatic drainage massage post-op with Anna Bass is not merely a treatment for a single body part, it is a holistic healing experience!
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