If you make massage an integral part of your care when recovering from an injury, preparing for surgery or recovering from surgery you will go into surgery as fit and strong as possible and then post-surgery get back to 100% and even beyond where you were before. Even more importantly, regular massage will ensure you maintain that strength.
What Is Remedial Massage And How Does It Work?
Remedial massage comprises a wide range of treatments and is often used for a variety of different reasons. It can often be used in either the lead up to surgery or after surgery or injury.
In the lead up to surgery, remedial massage has many benefits and, as you would expect, is tailored specifically to suit each individual client. For this reason, the pre-treatment consultation is vitally important. During the consultation process, it is crucial for our therapists to elicit detailed responses from a client and use their thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology to allow them to prepare a comprehensive massage plan for the client.
The aim of remedial massage is to prepare the body for surgery so that it is in the best possible shape in advance which will then lead to the best chance of a full recovery afterwards.
Studies have shown that pre-surgery massage can increase the production of lymphocytes (white blood cells) in the body which helps prevent the possibility of infection. It can even reduce the chance of infection in advance – like a common cold – which would prevent surgery going ahead.
Clients give themselves the best chances of successful healing by having remedial massage in advance as, when the post-surgery body is healing itself, it only has to focus on the areas that have been affected by surgery, rather than working on any other areas in need. This in turn means that the healing process should be quicker and more effective.
If you are planning hip replacement surgery, for example, regular massage is beneficial for reducing any pre-emptive stress and anxiety and the resultant reduction in body tension improves sleep patterns so, again, the body is in the best possible shape before going into surgery.
Remedial massage is also incredibly effective after surgery or an accident. If the surgery has been planned, the client will have an idea of how long the healing process should be and when the remedial massage would be best to take place. A post-surgery treatment plan can then be designed around the client’s needs.
After surgery, you may have a scar and both remedial massage and scar tissue massage can help with the loosening of this scar and the adhesions that accompany it. Remedial and scar tissue massage can help to break down the adhesion and improve the visual appearance of the scar.
Post-surgery range of movement can be quite limited. With the aid of remedial massage, this range can be improved. It may take weeks or months to improve and a full range of motion is not always possible but, with dedication from the client, a diet that aids healing, regular treatment including exercise (we recommend Pilates) and massage there is a good chance that you will get a reasonable range of motion returning to the joint.
Remedial massage also works when you have suffered an accident in which you have broken bones or torn ligaments. Bones and ligaments usually have muscles attached to them and a change in this relationship will usually mean that the muscles become tighter. As a bone heals after a break, the muscles will need to readjust in the short term and this often leads to tightening. Remedial massage will aid the loosening of the muscles around the bones and reduce the tension that may have built up so that the bone heals correctly
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How many treatments will I need? The number of treatments will depend on your particular circumstances and how well you respond to massage. At regular intervals, we will reassess your progress and if we feel it is necessary we will alter your treatment or recommend you to one of our trusted network specialists.
Can remedial massage be harmful? Remedial massage is non-invasive and low risk. However, there are certain issues that cannot be treated.
- Open wounds would not be treated, although there are many benefits of treating the surrounding areas including lymphatic drainage which will help speed up the healing process
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Varicose veins, although again the surrounding areas can be treated
- Infectious skin diseases
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Cleanse the body by removing toxins from the lymphatic system
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