Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Cosmetic Surgery Patients

Manual Lymphatic Drainage or MLD has become widely accepted by the medical community, largely due to research studies. In a study conducted by Laurie Casas, M.D., and Patricia Depoli, M.D., the question of whether or not MLD produces significant outcomes for cosmetic surgery patients was answered.

The study represented 13 different cosmetic surgery procedures. Half the group was given MLD and the other half was not. The evidence points to this conclusion, the authors noted: “We see complete resolution of postoperative edema, bruising and fibrosis within 9-18 months in non-MLD patients. Those given MLD healed within six weeks to three months, significantly shortening postoperative recovery.”

Benefits of manual lymphatic drainage for cosmetic surgery patients

  • Bruising reduction. Cells transported by the lymph system are moved away up to 20 times faster with MLD. Bruises heal in a fraction of the time, allowing clients the ability to resume activities of daily living, without having to wear sunglasses for months to hide bruises.
  • Edema reduction. MLD reroutes lymph fluid to collateral and viable pathways untouched by surgery to allow for accelerated drainage, as opposed to the slow trickle of tissue fluids in the operative site.
  • Pain management. As pressure of lymph fluid decreases around nerves, pain and discomfort are relieved and require less pain medication.
  • Scar-tissue prevention and fibrosis reduction. Lymph fluid left to build up below incisions or sitting in interstitial space can solidify, causing the formation of scar tissue and fibrotic tissue. These tissues are often felt as ball-like substances below the skin surface. MLD prevents lymph fluid build up and solidification, for a seamless scar.

With all the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage for cosmetic surgery patients, it’s understandable why the modality is growing in interest from surgeons. The typical side effects of post-op surgery can be significantly reduced with MLD, minimizing downtime and discomfort. 

“The surgical patient, in particular, benefits largely from manual lymphatic drainage,” says cosmetic surgeon Bart Rademaker, M.D. “In these situations, the normal homeostasis is upset through anesthesia or tissue injury, and the normal channels to remove excessive toxins or waste are overwhelmed. 

“Effective manual lymphatic drainage definitely improves surgical outcomes and speed of recovery,” he adds. 

What’s more, it is all natural and with no side effects. 

Post-op clients often see the results they’re looking for in as few as 5-10 sessions. Book with us at Healing Kneads Massage in Lake Mary to get the best start to achieving your ideal post-op look!

Body Contouring FAQ

Body contouring, or body sculpting, is an umbrella term for any cosmetic treatment that helps contour the body to look a certain way. Much of the time, cosmetic body sculpting is done by removing unwanted fat, skin, and cellulite from the body through an assortment of high-tech methods. These methods can be surgical, minimally invasive, or noninvasive. 

Why use body contouring?

Body sculpting is often used to address problems that regular lifestyle habits, such as diet and exercise, cannot change. For many of us, there are several roadblocks that can get in the way of losing the weight we want where we want.

Hormones, aging, and genetic predisposition are all factors for why undesired fat refuses to budge from the neck, arms, tummy, buttocks, and thighs. With body contouring, you can make your hard work tell and make it easier to maintain the shape you want. 

Benefits of Body Sculpting

Getting the body you want and finally getting out of the gym are not the only benefits for this type of treatment. In fact, there are many benefits that you might not have considered, like:

  • Saving time
  • Minimizing the frustration you feel about your body
  • Boosting your self-esteem

For most patients, these are enough benefits to take the plunge and begin cosmetic treatments. Here are some other benefits of body contouring:

Improve Stubborn Areas

There are places on every body where fat and cellulite refuse to go away. It happens to everyone. Its very common for women to store stubborn fat on their hips, thighs, and abdomen, especially as the effects of aging and hormonal changes begin to set in. 

It seems like those stubborn areas never go away no matter how many squats and crunches you do, and that can be discouraging. Body sculpting treatments easily improve those stubborn areas in a matter of weeks or months. 

No matter where your stubborn area is, these treatments are all effective at removing unwanted fat from your body and perfecting your body shape. These treatments can also smooth out stubborn cellulite and tighten skin laxity on the body that refuses to tone up.

Safe Techniques

Body sculpting treatments are very safe techniques. The treatments at our office have all gone through rigorous clinical testing and FDA approval. Much of the time, these techniques are far safer than crash diets or taking iffy supplements that promise to boost your metabolism. 

Cosmetic treatments to sculpt the body are often completed on the surface of the skin to encourage the bodys natural regenerative abilities, so these treatments are natural and safe. 

Long-Lasting Results

While diet and exercise are obviously good lifestyle habits to have for the sake of your health, it is often the case that the body reaches a plateau at some point. These plateaus can mean that your lifestyle habits are no longer effective or that your body is quicker to backslide to where you started, and that means that the results you worked so hard for might not last for long

Body sculpting treatments are different. Because of the techniques and technology that is used to contour the body, cosmetic treatments for the body usually have reliably longlasting results. When performed by a skilled hand and combined with a healthy lifestyle, body sculpting treatments can last for several months to even years at a time.

Do I need to keep getting body contouring treatments to maintain my results?

Once you complete your body contouring procedure(s), you don’t need to get any more treatments to maintain your results. However, its still possible for you to gain back the fat that was removed, so you do need to keep up with a healthy diet and exercise routine to continue enjoying your results.

Ready to try body contouring? Contact us to learn more about our body contouring treatments at Healing Kneads Massage in Lake Mary!

3 Reasons to Add Graston Technique to Your Next Massage

3 Reasons to Add Graston Technique to Your Next Massage

Graston Technique is one of the specialized services we offer at Healing Kneads Massage Therapy in Lake Mary, Florida. Graston is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that uses smooth, metal instruments to break down scar tissue. Want to see a demo? Check out the video below.

What is Graston Technique? Who is it for? Does it hurt? While it may sound strange, here are 3 reasons to add it to your next massage. 

Helps You Recover Faster from Injury

There is a reason professional athletes and fitness gurus love Graston: It helps people recover faster from injuries. The instruments used break down scar tissue and reduce restrictions in the soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments). This technique gets results fast, especially when used as part of your treatment plan alongside other therapies.

Graston may look intense, but it’s only firm, not painful. In addition to healing faster, it has actually been shown to reduce pain from injury. 

Can Help You Manage Chronic Conditions

Many conditions that cause chronic pain, like carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and cervical strain, cause restrictions in the body’s soft tissue. Restrictions cause pain and limit movement. By reducing restriction and allowing the body to move more freely, Graston Technique can decrease your pain and help you live a more active, happy life!

Graston Technique Can Be Combined with Most Types of Massage

This is the best part: While Graston Technique can be performed alone, it is even better when combined with other massage techniques! At Healing Kneads Massage Therapy, all of our massages are customized to help you meet your goals for being healthier, whatever they are! Learn about some of the techniques we incorporate here.

Ready to give Graston Technique a try? Click here to schedule a 60- or 90-minute customized massage session.

Why Healing Kneads Massage Therapy Was Established (And What Makes Us Different)

Why Healing Kneads Massage Therapy Was Established (And What Makes Us Different)

Before I was a massage therapist, I was a business instructor for the Orange County public schools. I know, it’s quite a big difference! At the time, I was feeling burned out and depressed and I knew I needed to make a big change in my life.

Leaving a stressful job and going to massage school was fueled by my interest in health and wellness, but it was also the first step in taking charge of my own wellness. Through my own health challenges, I learned that we are able to make choices that can help us lead healthy and fulfilling lives. It was a really powerful idea for me and I wanted to share it with as many people as possible!

Where did Healing Kneads Massage Therapy come from?

Healing Kneads was a concept I came up with while I was in massage school. I lived in an area where there were a lot of large massage establishments that provided massages that were fairly similar from client to client. Clients often saw their partnership with those practices as one-time or short-term.

I envisioned, instead, a practice that customized each session for each client. I wanted to get to the bottom of an individual’s health goals and figure out how integrating multiple massage techniques could help them achieve more long-term wellness. I wanted to be one of the choices my clients made to lead more healthy lives!

What is our team like?

When I created Healing Kneads, there were a few things I knew I wanted in a team of therapists:

  • Compassionate, caring team members who were willing to have conversations with clients about their goals. What would this client like to change? How would this client like to feel at the end of their session?
  • Experts who were trained in specialized types of massage, who could integrate a variety of techniques to create a unique massage experience for each client they worked with.
  • Professionals who valued the importance of continuing education and keeping their techniques evolving to bring the most value to our clients and community.

I handpicked each therapist who works at Healing Kneads to make sure I was building a team that fit my vision of a massage practice that could work with clients toward long-term wellness, with massage being one component of living their best lives.

Today I am blessed to see that team at work! Together, we have over 25 years of combined experience. Click here to learn more about our therapists.

How can we help you achieve wellness?

Each session starts with a conversation. Our therapists listen to the issues you are having, the things you want to change, and the whole picture of how you’d like wellness to look in your life.

From there, they choose the best techniques to incorporate into your massage session and they create a plan to move you toward your goals.

After your session, they make recommendations to help you reach your goals and get longer-lasting results from massage therapy.

If you are ready for a session with one of our team members, book your appointment here.

Traditional Massage vs Lymphatic Massage

Traditional Massage vs Lymphatic Massage

At Healing Kneads, we’re constantly looking for alternative ways of alleviating pain and bringing relief to our clients. We offer several specialized therapies that new clients may not have heard of or are less familiar with. One of these therapies is manual lymph drainage (MLD), commonly known as lymphatic massage. 

What does MLD look like, how does it help, and what it can be used for? It is very different from traditional massage therapy, so it’s definitely worth understanding in a little more detail!

What is Lymphatic Massage?

In some ways, it isn’t really a massage at all, but a gentle skin technique used to help the lymphatic system remove waste and stagnant lymph. Issues of lymph build up can be caused by trauma to the body and is common after surgery. Manual lymph drainage works by applying gentle pressure to the lymph vessels located just under the skin, which stimulates these vessels to work better.

What Is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is a network of lymph vessels acting as the body’s cleaning and refuse service. Lymph vessels help eliminate waste products, excess proteins, and toxins or impurities like bacteria. The clear fluid that we describe as lymph is the conduit for the body’s white blood cells, responsible for carrying out the cleaning. 

How Can It Help Me?

This type of massage is usually used to get rid of swelling from excess lymph fluid that occurs after trauma, accidents, injuries, or surgery. We see many post-op clients who have developed swelling, bruising or lumpy fibrosis after surgery. Lymphatic massage reduces all of these and speeds up the healing process!

Traditional vs Lymphatic Massage

When we think of conventional massage, we usually think of Swedish and deep tissue, which use long, kneading strokes to apply pressure to muscles. Traditional massage focuses on specific areas of tension or pain and getting down to a deeper layer in the body.

Lymphatic massage is far gentler and uses far less pressure. We don’t use oil or lotion, and MLD isn’t targeting muscles at all, but rather engaging, moving, and stimulating the lymphatic network.

While traditional massage can be excellent for relieving muscle tension and encouraging oxygen flow in the blood, massage that specifically addresses the lymphatic system is a better option for reducing swelling or recovering from surgery. It’s also effective at improving the immune system and promoting overall bodily health. 

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To learn more about lymphatic massage, click here.

If you are ready to try lymphatic massage for yourself, book an appointment here with one of our therapists. We are licensed by the state of Florida and have over 25 years of combined experience!