Abdominal Surgeries
Joint Replacement/Repair Surgery
Oral Surgeries
Wound Repair Surgery
Exploratory Surgery

Post Surgical Bodywork can be an invaluable addition to your recovery process.  The work we do will support any physical or occupational therapy you are receiving.  We can work together with your care team to help you get back to your life as soon as possible. 

Preparing for Surgery

Preparing your lymphatic system and surrounding tissue for surgery can ease your recovery process and improve recovery time. When your lymphatic system is primed for the hard work ahead,

it functions better.

1-3 sessions of preoperative MLD are recommended in the weeks leading up to your procedure. 

Recovering from Surgery

Recovery is a process that takes time and patience. Returning to regular activities too soon can be tempting but remember, self care and rest is critical during this time. It is important to follow the guidance of your surgeon.

Below is a general timeline with suggested sessions and treatment goals to help your body heal well and reduce overall recovery time.

General Surgery Recovery Timeline and Treatment Goals

Every Person and Surgery is different. Recovery time can vary depending on a variety of factors. 

0-2 weeks Post-Op

1-2 sessions/wk

  • Help your body process inflammation efficiently

  • Reduce feelings of stiffness and soreness

2-4 weeks Post-Op

1-2 sessions/wk

  • Help your body process inflammation efficiently

  • Reduce feelings of stiffness and soreness.

  • Address muscle tension in compensating areas

  • Begin treating any signs of fibrosis at 21 days post-op

1-3 months Post-Op

2-4 sessions/mo

  • Help your body process inflammation efficiently

  • Reduce feelings of stiffness and soreness

  • Address muscle tension in compensating areas

  • Address any fibrosis

  • Improve range of motion

  • Begin gentle scar work at about 6 weeks post-op

3+ months Post-Op

As Needed

  • Advanced scar therapy when indicated

  • Address muscle tension 

  • Physicians release to receive deep work, including modalities such as deep tissue and structural integration.