Whether you’ve already gotten your mastectomy or are just preparing for it, it’s great that you’re curious about adding lymphatic massage into your recovery regime. Though lymphatic massage consists of light pressure and strokes, we encourage you to consult with your physician before coming in for treatment.
In case you were wondering, a lymphatic massage is a therapeutic massage focused on gentle, meditative strokes to help the body drain toxins and build-up of waste (if you already want to book a session, click here). When you go through the stress of a mastectomy, a lymphatic massage can drain toxins from your body to support proper circulation and aid in recovery. Let’s review the top 3 benefits to see if lymphatic massage might be right for you!
- Prevent the effects of lymphedema
Lymphedema can be described as chronic disruption in the flow of your lymph fluid, which can be caused by the removal of lymph nodes. The lymph nodes that are most commonly removed are the ones in the axilla/armpit area. Not all mastectomy patients may develop lymphedema, but all patients have a higher risk for developing it over time. Since it is chronic, it can be well managed through exercise and lymphatic massage so the build-up of fluid can no longer cause severe and noticeable swelling. If you’re noticing some swelling or tightness around your arms after your mastectomy, notify your physician and consult them about getting a lymphatic massage as treatment.
2. Soothe areas of discomfort
When your body goes through the trauma of surgery, it naturally triggers an immune response to repair areas that may have been affected. A significant response is caused by your lymphatic system, which may account for some swelling, discomfort, and bruising. Though of course your body is sensitive after surgery, the nature of lymphatic massage involves light stokes and light pressure – perfect for post-surgical soreness. Lymphatic massage gently moves your lymph fluid through your body to promote better circulation, which can hopefully speed up your recovery time. Less time recovering is always good news, especially if it involves massage! Booking is easy too, you can access the online scheduler.
lymphatic massage is a therapeutic massage focused on gentle, meditative strokes to help the body drain toxins
3. Relax the body and de-stress the mind
Surgery is tough on the mind and on the body. Mastectomies are especially emotional, and the mental stress can hinder how you approach your recovery. When clients come in for their lymphatic massage, the session becomes a relaxing escape from their post-surgical stress. It’s important to treat your body kindly and give it the proper attention it needs during recovery, and those two things can be accomplished through consistent lymphatic massages.
Lymphatic massage is not only helpful, but it’s relaxing and can help you in your recovery. Remember to consult your physician about your post-surgical recommendations and keep a watchful eye on changes in your body. When you’re ready to reduce swelling, improve your lymphatic system, and just feel more relaxed – join me for a session.
Best of health,
Molina the PT