Swedish Massage and Manual Lymph Drainage are both highly effective non-pharmacological treatment modalities to decrease pain, anxiety, swelling, bruising, scar tissue and infection risk in post-surgical patients. That’s why making the choice to work with an RMT, who is also certified in Combined Decongestive Therapy, is your best bet for relief of post-operative discomfort and other associated symptoms. RMT, CDTs are trained to treat the issues that may arise following surgery: specifically, the retention of fluids (swelling) and ‘thickening’ of the tissue surrounding the surgical site. They are also aware of the conditions that signal underlying problems that are contraindications for MLD treatment post surgery: in which case the practitioner would refer to an appropriate health care provider.
A 2007 study, published in the JAMA’s Archives of Surgery found that Swedish Massage – which releases the body's endorphins or natural painkillers – in conjunction with regular pain medication, significantly improved patient pain and anxiety after major surgery