Benefits of Post-Surgical Massage

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Massage Topics | 0 comments

In 2019 I received training in post-surgical massage. As a former surgical patient, I understand the effects even minor procedures have on our bodies. Many of my clients also choose surgery to address a variety of injuries and illnesses. Offering massage options and benefits after surgery is important an important addition to my practice.

Post-Surgical Massage

Receiving massage after surgery offers the patient both psychological and physiological benefits. As soon as several days after surgery, I use lymphatic drainage techniques. These can reduce post-surgical swelling, bruising, and encourage lymphatic flow, which is essential to the healing process. 

Lymphatic massage is gentle and minimally invasive, always working around the surgical site. The client often experiences an increased sense of well-being, and better quality of sleep. They may even experience a release of endorphins, which increases feelings of relaxation.

After the incisions close completely and all scabs are healed, post-surgical bodywork focuses on reducing excessive scar tissue formation. At this stage, I combine myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, and cupping techniques, depending on quality and location of the scar. 

Working gently with developing scar tissue, according to the client’s tolerance level, improves the appearance and comfort level of scars. A hardened scar will sometimes affect the fascia and muscle tissue around it, so post-operative massage aims to reduce this occurrence. I also teach clients ways to work on their scars at home, if desired.

Long-healed Scar Tissue

These techniques also address long-healed scar tissue, and may increase comfort while also improving the scar’s appearance. You can schedule scar work during other types of massage sessions or as a separate 30-minute session.

What to Expect

The initial post-surgical massage session begins with discussion of the procedure, as well as the challenges faced by the client. It typically lasts about 90 minutes. I’ll coordinate your massage plan with the treatment team, including physical therapists and surgeons, as needed. Following sessions last between 30 and 60 minutes depending on recommended techniques.

Further Reading:

https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/3/MTJ/detail/3834/helping-patients-after-surgery

https://www.verywellhealth.com/scar-tissue-massage-and-management-2696639

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Let’s Do This!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Amazing testimonial from my dear friend and client Mike Ridgeway!

Let’s Do This!

Four years ago I made the best decision of my life. It wasn’t about a job, it wasn’t about a relationship, and it wasn’t about Dream Ride Projects, but that decision would have a profound impact on all three areas of my life.

My body had been ravaged by injuries sustained by three consecutive accidents while bicycling. These were not “career-ending” injuries, but nagging injuries that left scar tissue to linger and cause me chronic pain and the inability to enjoy my passion for bicycling and life in general.

Barbara Searles, my massage therapist and now a dear friend and respected colleague asked me to try a new therapy she had learned called Myofascial Release.

Mike and I getting ready for a RAAM training ride in 2008

It’s now been four short years since that fateful day I said to Barb, “Let’s do this.” Four years of faith and persistence, four years of healing, both physical and emotional healing from those injuries and even some additional past injuries.

Myofascial Release has done exactly what Barb promised me it would. It has helped my body get back to “healing itself,” making itself right again, and helped given me back my passion for life and my commitment to my community. It’s actually been a short four years, really, in the big scheme of life, A Blip.

But here it is, I’m Back! I’m back doing the things that energize me and support my life’s purpose. And everyone will benefit from that, I promise! Thank You Barb Searles, for your dedication for your craft, and to your clients, like me who do place a little bit of our faith in your commitment to help us heal ourselves, when we chose to make that decision.

This year I’m back on the road to accomplish one of my life’s passionate pursuits, a third Race Across America (RAAM) finish. I’m dedicating my training for RAAM 2013 to Barb Searles, who helped pull me back from an abyss. My therapist, my colleague, and my Friend.

“LET’S DO THIS BARB!”

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