Post Surgery Massage therapy

The importance of massage therapy in post-surgery treatment protocols

My name is Roger Fontaine and I am a practicing massage therapist in Winnipeg since 2001. I have a clinic operating at Shapes Fitness Centre at Panet Street and Nairn Avenue and I serve members of the fitness centre and the general public.

My goal in writing this article is to educate the public, but most principally medical students and physicians and surgeons to the need to inform post-surgery patients of the benefits of massage therapy in reducing contractures, relaxing muscles which have become tight and guarding due to the trauma of the surgery and the displacement by surgical tools, and the laying down of collagen substructures which cause scar tissues around the incision and surrounding tissues. There is always enormous swelling and reduced flexibility and stiffness following surgery. The incision site and the underlying adhesions to muscle tissue and fascia because of tension, displacement, and cutting/suturing create scar tissue. It is vital that that incision site and joints be massage after 7 days of healing. Of course pressure and intensity of massage will be light at first and will increase as time helps to reduce swelling , redness, and pain.

Pranic Psychotherapy Emotional Trauma Release

I also practice the use of Pranic Psychotherapy to detect and eliminate negative emotional energies which result from the surgical trauma. Once these residual emotional negative trauma energies are removed I then apply a psychic shield around the related chakras and the emotional aura to protect the client from the continued assault of negative emotional thought forms.

I encounter many clients who are post-surgery and who have never received any instruction by their general physicians or surgeons to seek massage therapy/pranic healing as an integral and necessary part of their post-surgery treatment.

The result is that my clients and the post-surgery population are suffering needlessly in pain for months and years because of untreated contractures, fascia adhesions, guarding muscles and scar tissues(overlays of excessive connective tissue matrix). Therapeutic massage has been scientifically proven to assist in solving these type of post-surgery issues.

I have achieved tremendous reductions in pain and noticeable and measurable improvements in tissue texture suppleness, and increased range of motion from the application of repeated therapeutic massage treatments for a range of surgery patients. The clients which have benefited from these treatments include shoulder rotator-cuff surgeries, breast reconstruction post-mastectomy, knee re-construction, hip replacement, and bi-femoral bypass affecting the groin and abdominal regions.

I would like to emphasize the importance to our post-surgery patients in reducing their post-surgery trauma, pain, and assist in improving the mobility and flexibility of tissue and joints through the use of regular therapeutic massage treatments.

I am disappointed and angry when my patients tell me that their surgeons and physicians tell them that there is no benefit for them to receive massage therapy post-surgery. This ignorance needs to be arrested by informed individuals capable of making a difference in post-surgery care.

My patients comments are all the same:
“I was not told of the benefits of therapeutic massage treatments after my surgery”.