LDM Post Surgery Benefits
There are a multitude of reasons why we may need to undergo surgery. Whether planned or unexpected, it may be required as a life-saving procedure. Other surgeries, while strictly optional, may be the best way to achieve a healthier body or improve overall mental and physical wellness.
Yet whatever the reason for your surgical procedure, the ultimate goal is to recover from surgery and regain your health and wellness as quickly and effectively as possible.
Incorporating manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage into your post-surgical recovery can be an excellent way to help your body recover from surgery.
MLD has a number of important post-surgery benefits, including reducing swelling, managing pain, and minimizing the risk of infection. To understand the role of MLD in healing after surgery, we will look at the lymph system, its role in the healing process, and the benefits of this specialized massage technique.
How the Lymph System Helps You Recover from Surgery
The lymphatic system plays a critical role in the immune system, the part of the body responsible for fighting disease and healing from injury.
The lymph system is made primarily of lymph, lymph nodes, and circulatory vessels.
Lymph is a clear fluid that flows through these specialized circulatory vessels around the entire body. It is responsible for removing toxins, viruses and bacteria, and damaged tissues from our cells. As the lymph passes through lymph nodes, generally located in the armpits, abdomen, and groin, the lymph nodes filter out the waste and harmful toxins.
And as the lymph removes the things we don’t want, it brings things our cells need for good health, such as infection-fighting white blood cells and additional nourishment.
Unlike the circulatory system, in which the heart pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymph system does not have an internal pump. It relies on our natural movement to keep the lymph flowing properly throughout the body. Unfortunately, this means that the lymph system is especially vulnerable to blockages or damage stemming from any number of causes, including stress, poor diet and lack of exercise, and especially surgery.
Benefits of manual lymphatic drainage after surgery
Manual lymphatic drainage massage is a specialized technique designed to eliminate blockages and promote the proper circulation of lymph. Because it involves extremely gentle hand work, it can be an ideal method of boosting the lymphatic system when the body is still delicate after a surgical procedure.
Specifically, manual lymphatic drainage has a number of specific post-surgery benefits:
- Minimizes swelling caused by blocked lymph
- Reduces pain and post-surgery stress
- Removes dead or injured cells from damaged tissue
- Helps fight infection by improving circulation of white blood cells
- Boosts the body’s overall immune response
- Improves skin regeneration and wound healing
- Speeds up the recovery process
Manual lymphatic drainage can be extremely beneficial after almost any surgical procedure. However, it is especially important if the surgery damaged or removed lymph nodes. Therefore, MLD plays a critical role in recovery from breast procedures including mastectomy, as well as cosmetic procedures such as liposuction and tummy tucks.
Manual lymphatic drainage is a specific type of massage therapy. It should not be confused or substituted for other forms of massage that could be harmful during the recovery process. And of course MLD must only be performed by a licensed massage therapist with experience working with patients during their recovery period.
Your surgeon will provide you with important instructions for your recovery period. Following these instructions carefully will keep you on the road to good health. In some cases, your surgeon may incorporate MLD into your recovery plan. If not, ask your surgeon if MLD could have some benefits for you as you regain your good health after surgery.
Contact Orlando Massage Clinic
In Home or In Office Massages by Jakki in the Greater Orlando / Central Florida area. Certified for many different massages and treatments. Specializing in Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) post surgery recovery massage.
To schedule an appointment with Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Advanced Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, Jakki Bosco LMT, please call (813) 298-5603. We believe nothing is more important than human touch.
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