Integrative massage therapy for post surgery care can include most massage modalities including, deep tissue, NMT trigger point release, Active Release technique, PNF stretch and Myofascial release. Its important to work with a therapist who is clinically experienced in injury rehabilitation, post surgery therapy, supportive decompressive positioning and someone able to communicate with your team of providers and have an excellent working knowledge of anatomy.
I have effectively worked with clients presenting with pain, limited range of motion, “flare ups”, and “reaching a plateau” in post surgery care. Massage as manual therapy is cost effective , does not have complicating irreversible side effects, augments results in physical therapy and often speeds overall recovery time, allowing you to regain your capacity for activities in daily living.
Cost. A session for massage as manual therapy at first might seem cost prohibitive but consider this. Generally a maximum of three one hour sessions can do the job. The sessions are focused bodywork not a “whole body ” session. A lot of rehabilitation can be had in an hour. If there is no improvement after one or two sessions I usually refer you back to your other providers to attend to possible inflammation, bio-mechanical impingement’s, or any other variable that may present itself during a session.
Specific muscle work targeted to the areas of somatic dysfunction pre and post surgery can be key in keeping range of motion and avoiding frozen joint areas. Very often deep muscle contraction and dysfunction set in before surgery due to “bracing from pain”, ” body compensations due to injured tissues not performing “, ” muscle atrophy from lack of performance”, ” muscle wasting due to nerve damage” and “chronic inflammation ” .
This year already I have worked with two shoulder replacement patients, a hip replacement, a knee replacement and multiple repairs of the rotator cuff. All clients have reported significant lasting improvement in their range of motion and a decrease or elimination of pain.
In health and motion,
Deanna Straub CMT