Medical Massage Plano – Medical Massage Therapy After Surgery

Benefits of Medical Massage Therapy After Surgery

Plano Medical Massage Therapist Alice Brantley

Post-surgical medical massage may be the most rewarding service I provide in my medical massage Plano practice.

Newly discussed as a “breakthrough” by medical doctors, I’ve provided medical massage after surgery for more than 5 years.

Post-surgical, or post-surgery, medical massage consists of several specific techniques which are based in myofascial release, craniosacral, and other therapies. The approach offers several benefits to patient after a procedure.

Benefits of Post-Surgical Medical Massage
It is important to understand what medical massage after surgery can do as well as what it
cannot do. Generally we cannot treat or cure the underlying
condition that the procedure was required for. Post-surgical medical massage
is a tool that speeds recuperation and stimulates the natural healing powers of the body.

First, like most bodywork therapies, the technique serves to relax
muscles and connective tissue. Of course, this alone is sometimes reward enough.

Any patient who has had a recent operation likely felt some nervousness regarding their
preoperative condition and the surgery itself. Someone with an injury or
pain may have been “guarding” the affected area (creating tension or experiencing spasms) for some time. Nervousness and guarding can lead to chronic muscle tension and contractures at a surgical site.

Furthermore, major surgeries, such as amputations or the removal of large organs,
can throw off the body’s center of gravity. Medical massage can help the patient
to compensate and reestablish a sense of balance more quickly.

Another benefit of post-surgical massage is its ability to loosen adhesions and
scar tissue. Adhesions occur after a procedure when swelling causes normally separate
tissues to fuse together irregularly. Moreover, scar tissue forms around incisions, not just
externally but also internally, encouraging the formation of adhesions with internal structures.

Tissue fusion can limit movement and result in a great deal of pain. Correct post-surgical
medical massage can break up adhesions and reduce pain.
Medical massage also stimulates blood circulation. This brings oxygen
and nutrients to the wound site to help the body repair itself.

Not to be underestimated is the ability of medical massage therapy to provide
emotional comfort to the patient. This may be because of an increase the production of pain-
relieving endorphins in the body. The simple matter of human contact in a
non-judgmental environment is invaluable for alleviating anxiety and depression.

Waiting Periods For Medical Massage
Patients who are about to undergo or have already undergone an operation should
arrange for our post-surgery massage immediately. Keep in mind that massage of
any kind is not advisable immediately following a major surgery. For example, the
recommended waiting period after a heart operation would be at least six weeks.

However, it is crucial to schedule and get started on a medical massage regimen
as soon as it is safe. This is because over time, more scar tissue forms, and it
becomes tougher to manipulate.

It is absolutely necessary to obtain clearance from one’s surgeon or physician
before undergoing any massage after a medical procedure.

Post-Surgery Massage Techniques
There are a couple of ways to approach post-surgical massage:

Orthopedic Massage is a general term for massage that addresses the
musculoskeletal system. A variety of techniques is applied to muscles, connective
tissue, and joints. The general goal of orthopedic massage is to release soft tissue
and relieve pain.

Lymphatic drainage reduces pain and inflammation by relieving pressure caused by
excess fluid. When the lymphatic system is functioning well, waste products such as
toxins and dead cells are pulled away from the surgical wound. This stimulates the
immune system and enhances the healing process.

As a Certified Medical Massage Practitioner I am proud to provide the
newest techniques for medical massage after surgery in Plano, Dallas, Frisco and
the surrounding area.

Do you have surgery scheduled or have you recently undergone a procedure?
Then please contact me to find out how I can assist your recovery process.

Medical Massage Plano – Myofascial Release Massage

Medical Massage Plano
Medical massage will likely be a different experience for you. While spa-type massages are certainly relaxing and beneficial to overall health and well-being, medical massage is aimed at bringing relief from a specific symptom. One technique I use here at Integrative Medical Massage Plano is myofascial release massage. This therapeutic technique is indicated for muscular pain and tension, restricted range of motion, and muscle spasms.

Myofascial Release Massage Frees Fasciae
Fasciae are thin layers of white connective tissue that surround both the skeletal muscles and the smooth muscle of the internal organs. The fasciae protect these body tissues, keep them in place, and lubricate muscles to enhance their performance. Although connective tissue is tough by nature—after all, it has a big job—under normal conditions, it is also elastic.

Poor posture, repetitive motion, injuries, illness, stress, and other factors turn healthy, “happy” myofascial tissue stiff and sticky, limiting the muscles’ ability to move. Tightness in one region throws the entire body off balance, causing other muscles and joints to compensate. This results in pain not only in the problem area but also throughout the body, which is known as “referred pain”.

Myofascial release massage works to lengthen muscles and loosen connective tissue. Well-lubricated muscles and relaxed fasciae mean freedom of movement and freedom from discomfort. The patient experiences a great deal of relief from the very first session.

At the initial appointment, I will check most of your body for tightness, comparing one spot to another, and ask what sensations you are experiencing. Some clients have a difficult time describing how they feel; by listening to both you and to your body, I can determine which areas need work. Then, I will lightly touch and stretch the soft tissue in those areas, gradually using a bit more pressure and working the entire muscle or muscle group. I will repeat this process in every body part that needs attention.

Myofascial release is generally not painful, as it is not deep-tissue work. In fact, most clients find it enjoyable from the very beginning and even more so as they feel the results over time. Continued treatment works to eliminate trigger points, alleviate overall pain, improve posture and flexibility, and even ease breathing.

If you have been searching for medical massage in Plano, or someone that offers myofascial release massage, please reach out and give me a call. You—and your body—will be glad you did!

Craniosacral Therapy • Integrative Medical Massage Plano

Craniosacral Therapy
Medical massage modalities are designed to achieve specific goals of pain relief and
healing. I would like to tell you about a very special type of treatment that I offer
here at Integrative Medical Massage Plano: craniosacral therapy,
sometimes called cranial-sacral therapy.

The target of craniosacral therapy is not the muscles and connective tissue, as is the case with most bodywork. Rather, craniosacral therapy was developed to improve the functioning of the central nervous system (CNS).

Because the central nervous system governs virtually every aspect of the
physiology, a healthy CNS means a healthier you overall.
The brain produces cerebrospinal fluid, which nourishes your brain and spinal cord
and removes waste products as it circulates. A spinal tap or lumbar puncture
(sampling of the fluid) often indicates the presence of abnormal cells, pathogens,
and other substances. The fluid also cushions these organs from injury during jolts
and falls.

The aim of craniosacral therapy is to allow cerebrospinal fluid to flow more freely by
loosening the tissues such as the dura mater that surround the fluid. Restrictions
can arise from traumatic events but also develop over time as a result of poor
posture, stress, and minor injuries. When the restrictions are removed, patients experience pain relief, lowered tension, and improvements in a variety of other symptoms.

Craniosacral therapy is indicated for the following:
*    Aches and pains in the head (including migraines), neck, and back
*    Sciatica
*    Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome
*    Sinus troubles
*    Chronic fatigue
*    Insomnia
*    Depression
*    Stress
*    Vertigo
*    Fibromyalgia
*    ADD & ADHD
*    Sciatica
The list goes on;  our medical massage clients have reported improvements in numerous other conditions after receiving craniosacral therapy.

Craniosacral therapy in Plano is pretty much the same experience as it is
anywhere else, since the practitioner works the same general areas regardless of
the client’s complaints. During a session, I apply light touches to the skull as well as
the diaphragm, vertebrae and pelvic bones, sometimes holding an area gently
before moving on. It is very relaxing.

These techniques balance the cerebrospinal fluid along the brain
and spinal cord and improve the functioning of the nervous system. The patient
remains fully clothed, and the treatment is extremely gentle, making it suitable for
virtually everyone from children to the elderly to those recovering from injuries or

If your search for craniosacral therapy in Plano has led you here, I encourage you
to give me a call and make an appointment. I perform CST regularly here in my
Plano medical massage facility and get great satisfaction out of seeing how it
benefits my clients.

About Alice Brantley

Plano Medical Massage Therapist Alice Brantley

Alice Brantley’s medical massage techniques are informed by a life-long interest in the power of touch to affect people spiritually, emotionally and physically.

A promising young track and field athlete, she was awarded a basketball scholarship to TWU. Educated as a Registered Nurse with extensive additional pre-med study, Alice now devotes herself full time to medical massage therapy as a means of healing.

Her massage approach is strongly influenced by The Upledger Institute (Cranial-sacral Therapy), Vodder Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), and John Barnes Myofascial Release techniques. To these schools of thought Alice brings her comprehensive anatomical knowledge and strongly competitive motivation to “get a result” for the patient.

A massage session with Alice can range from very gentle cranial-sacral work to very vigorous medical massage therapy – think accu-pressure using an elbow to quell muscle spasms deep in a hip joint – as is appropriate to the patient’s complaint.

Alice is a Registered Massage Therapist in Texas with additional training as a Certified Medical Massage Therapist – Advanced. In every massage her intentions are to deal directly with the root causes, and, to make a swift and permanent improvement for her client.

Alice Brantley is committed to positive therapeutic outcomes for each of her clients.

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