Pre & Post Surgical Applications of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT)

Pre-Surgical Benefits

  • One to three LDT sessions are recommended.
  • Alleviates edema (swelling) and may allow immediate post- surgical swelling to dissipate sooner.
  • Detoxifies the tissues, which is beneficial to help prepare the body to rid itself of harsh anesthetics that will soon be administered.
  • Stimulates the immune system, which accelerates the production of lymphocytes to help speed up recovery.
  • Induces a state of relaxation and promotes the parasympatheticresponse.

Post-Surgical Benefits

  • Can be performed as soon as 24 hours after surgery
  • Alleviates post-surgical edema (swelling)
  • Helps stimulate lymphatic pathways. Manual Lymphatic Mapping performed by the therapist allows discovery of alternative lymphatic pathways to promote circulation and efficiency.
  • Reduces Post-surgical pain.
  • Alleviates spasms (promotes parasympathetic response) and can also help promote bowel movements.
  • Detoxification helps to reverse the build up of toxins secondary to the effects of medication and immobilization.
  • Stimulates fluid circulation and promotes urination, which also helps to detoxify the system.
  • Stimulates the immune system and helps prevent post-surgical infections.(As stated above, by increasing the number of lymphocytes)
  • Improves skin regeneration and wound healing and optimizes the scarring process.
  • May help to prevent the formation of hypertrophic or keloid scars.