Post-Surgical Recovery

Patients often ask us if the treatments we offer are appropriate for those who have recently had surgery, and the answer is usually a resounding yes!  While basic precautions may need to be taken to ensure there is no extra strain on surgical scars (such as only lying on your back, or using a pillow to prop up a knee).  Massage therapy can help reduce pain, stress, anxietyprevent swelling, prevent and break-up scar tissue, increase blood flow (and therefore oxygen levels), promote flexibility, and strengthen the immune system overall.1  Our therapies can help to dramatically increase the rate of healing.

Similarly, acupuncture treatments can be extremely beneficial when recovering from surgery.  Acupuncture can reduce inflammation and increase circulation, both of which lead to less pain and swelling.2  It can also help calm mental stress such as anxiety and depression, allowing your parasympathetic nervous system to engage, letting your body heal more effectively.

Depending on when and for what you had surgery, your primary healthcare provider may encourage you to do some gentle exercises and movements.  Many of the classes we offer are low-impact and enhance the foundations of overall well-being. This can be done through breathing and core strength exercises, which in turn promote greater range of motion and balance.  Our instructors are always willing to talk with you about which classes may or may not be appropriate for your recovery.

References

1 Braun, L. A., Stanguts, C., Casanelia, L., Spitzer, O., Paul, E., Vardaxis, N. J., & Rosenfeldt, F. (2012, December). Massage therapy for cardiac surgery patients–a randomized trial. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22964355

2 Wu, M., Chen, K., Chen, I., Huang, S. K., Tzeng, P., Yeh, M., . . . Chen, C. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4784927