How Massage Therapy Supports Post-Operative Rehabilitation

The recovery process after surgery is equally important as the procedure itself and healing time is a critical challenge to ensure its
success. Because surgery is essentially unnatural, your body may respond either positively, accepting and easily moving on, or negatively, leading you down a bumpy and difficult road. But either way, patients are usually left in exceptional amounts of pain once sedatives or pain medications have worn off. Luckily, there are natural methods to reduce the burden of surgery and support your body’s innate ability to heal during the post-operative rehabilitation process. The best and most effective method is massage therapy.

Many studies have been done to show the amazing benefits of massage after surgery. In a recent study conducted by the Samueli Institute, massage therapy was proven to reduce negative effects and significantly help patients and reduce recovery time. Let’s explore why…

Most people are still in inconsiderable amounts of pain once they begin rehab. While it may be tempting to continue to take prescription pain medications, popping pills won’t offer a solution to the pain. It will rather mask the pain until the medication wears off and its time to take more. Massage offers a natural and longer lasting solution.

Massaging and kneading different muscles and areas of the body helps to increase circulation, allowing fresh blood and oxygen to flow to the injured areas. This process sends vital nutrients to those areas that may have been blocked to help restore and strengthen healthy muscles and tissue while reducing inflammation – ultimately resulting in less pain.

Increasing circulation can also lessen the chances scar tissue will form around the injury site. One of the most beneficial applications of recovery from surgical procedures is cupping therapy. Physicians are amazed at the speed and total recovery that their patients exhibit when cupping is used to complement their surgical work. Patients with extreme burns and deep abdominal scars, such as C-sections, can benefit from this therapy. Cupping can loosen and soften rigid tissue, no matter how old the scar is.

Surgery-related pain can not only cause immediate discomfort, but it can also lead to problems in other areas of patients’ lives. It can lead to disrupted sleep, negatively affect mood, and interfere with living a normal life. All these factors can lead to stress and anxiety, further delaying the healing process and putting additional burdens on the body.

If we are in a state of stress, we hold these emotions inside, often resulting in tightness in our muscles. Massage therapy releases this tension from the body creating a sense of calm and reducing anxiety. It is also just a wonderful way to relax and meditate. Having any type of procedure – big or small – can take a huge toll on your mind and your spirit. Taking time to reflect on your body and its abilities to heal will support a move peaceful and enjoyable recovery process.

If you have recently had surgery or have one scheduled in the near future, reach out to your favorite massage therapist and see how they can help you.