An important aspect of any surgical procedure is the post rehabilitation recovery process. It's during this process that natural movement is re-learned, and freedom of movement is re-enforced. Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard rehabilitation procedures after surgery.
Spine surgeon Johnny C. Benjamin explains how massage can help promote healing.
"Massage is great in helping to bring blood and nutrients to the affected area to repair the soft tissue. Massage also can help break up scar tissue and keep the muscles supple so less scar tissue develops in the first place."
By increasing circulation while relaxing the muscles, massage can help the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the surgical rehabilitating area(s) to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.
Even when there's no injury, massage can help athletes of all levels improve their flexibility and muscle suppleness. Massage therapists can also stretch the muscles in trouble areas, promoting increased flexibility when the body is warm and more elastic.
Benefits of Improved Post-Operative Surgical Rehabilitation
Assists the body in pumping more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
Accelerates the surgical recovery process
Aids in improving joint movement and flexibility