Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy offers relief for plastic surgery patients
By Stephen M. Krant, MD, FACS
As shown in a recent survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, 90% of Americans believe in the therapeutic benefits of massage. But while many individuals associate massage with relief from muscle tension, they may be unaware of the additional benefits that can be achieved through specific therapeutic approaches to the practice. An experienced masseuse can offer substantial relief and pain management to individuals suffering from a variety of chronic or trauma-induced conditions ranging from arthritis to sports injury to lymphedema. When properly administered by a qualified professional, massage therapy is an effective and enjoyable supplement to any healthcare regimen – as well as an ideal way to detoxify the body, reduce swelling, relieve stress and eliminate tension.
In my practice as a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, I often encounter post-operative swelling and, in some cases, occurrences of lymphedema in my breast reconstruction patients. Defined as an abnormal buildup of fluids and cell wastes in the tissue spaces that occur when the lymph system is damaged (either by surgery, radiation, injury or a pre-existing abnormality), lymphedema is classified as either primary or secondary depending on the manner in which is appears. Lymphatic massage is a type of therapeutic massage that can help alleviate lymphedema symptoms; and because of its many beneficial qualities, we have transferred our experience treating breast reconstruction patients with lymphedema to all of our surgical patients in order to maximize both recovery and aesthetic results. Manual lymphatic drainage massage involves the application of pressure and soft tissue manipulation to help release toxins, reduce swelling and aid in swift post-operative recovery. When administered by an experienced massage therapist, this proven technique can help cosmetic and reconstructive patients alike.
Comprehensive care and massage treatment options at SK Sanctuary San Diego
At SK Sanctuary, we are committed to providing patients and clients with the best in both medical care and spa-style relaxation – a mission ideally represented by our diverse range of medical, therapeutic and pampering massage services. Normal swelling occurs following any surgical procedure; and the SK Sanctuary Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage has proven dramatically effective as a supplemental treatment for our post-operative patients. Recipients experience a rejuvenating form of medical care as well as all the other benefits of massage including stress and tension release and increased circulation.
Our massage practitioners offer a broad menu of other massage packages, including European, aromatherapy, rolling stones and chair massages, as well as couples and maternity massages. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit us online: www.sk-sanctuary.com.
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