Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD)Is a massage technique that encourages the natural drainage of lymph which carries metabolic waste from the tissues to be recycled through the bloodstream. This is a particularly useful technique for addressing edema (swelling). While MLD may be incorporated during a massage to address conditions like swollen ankles and feet, or to address swelling due to an injury, most commonly, it is recommended post-surgery.
Replacement Joint Surgery:
A good place to search for and find your surgeon, as well as to discuss options and results with other clients is a site called Real Self: http://www.realself.com/It is advised that you choose your licensed massage therapist pre-surgery and that you secure your first several appointments. You will be treated 2-3 times a week for the first 6-8 weeks so you will want to ensure that you are compatible, and you understand the scheduling and pricing.
After a few weeks, your swelling should be minimal, provided you continue with your regular massage schedule. After this point, many are tempted to stop massage treatment. You will be healing for about 6 months to a year, and you will need to continue with massage to ensure that you do not develop significant scar tissue buildup. Therapeutic Massage and Lymphatic Drainage Massage will help you in addressing swelling and breaking up scar tissue buildup. This phase of massage can be spread out to a once a week treatment, and possibly even longer if you are healing properly.
Some conditions you may observe during this phase include:
- Bloated feeling tightness around the incision site or liposuction entry site
- Wrinkled or lumpy appearance rounded belly and tight channels along the sides
Scar Repair:If it has been many years since your surgery, and you continue to have tightness or are unhappy with the appearance of your scar, massage therapy may help. Scar tissue that forms during healing can be broken up to allow for a smoother appearance.
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