Posted by: Oscar Abraham in Clinic,Massage,pain on May 22nd, 2012

Surgical procedures create havoc in the body. The body treats surgery like it would treat any cut, and a major cut at that. Without going into a long story, the body throws fluid at the cut, lots and lots of it. This results in post surgery edema or swelling. The swelling causes major discomfort and retards the healing process.

Lymphatic drainage massage (LDM)  helps the body get rid of this excess fluid by encouraging lymph flow. LDM increases lymph flow up to 40 times the normal flow. Unfortunately, LDM by massage therapists is generally not covered by insurance so patients who want this treatment usually have to pay out of pocket. However, the cost is not that high and well worth the reduced pain.

Patients with cardiovascular issues or kidney issues should consult with their doctor to find out if they can handle the increased fluid flow generated by LDM.

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