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Massage/massage after an operation


Tanga Okondo-Totterdell wrote at 2014-10-18 15:28:05
6 weeks or more for most types of massage (bearing in mind contra-indications to massage etc. as Christopher Hall has expertly outlined). 1 week or possibly sooner, for manual lymphatic drainage - which is actually a light skin technique, rather than a massage involving the muscles.

Be sure to clear this first, with the appropriate doctor/specialist/surgeon.

The light touch of manual lymphatic drainage encourages lymphatic flow (does not affect blood circulation - no erythema is produced) just below the skin surface (and consequently deeper into the body), helping to decongest the surgery site and speed the healing process. It aids a more orderly laying down of scar tissue and so greatly reduces scarring-in-progress. Lastly due to it's sympatholytic effect (slow, regular, rhythmic movements cause this) on the nervous system, it can help reduce pain, and is very relaxing.

I regularly treat clients after cosmetic surgery to facilitate their healing process, and have also treated clients following surgery from broken bones.

My Best,

Tanga Okondo-Totterdell

Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapist (Vodder DLT).

Working in London, United Kingdom.


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Christopher Hall


I can answer many questions about massage therapy, about how massage therapy works and what effects it has on the body, different massage modalities and what each one does, tips on finding a good massage therapist, indications and contraindications for massage therapy, and on what to expect during a massage treatment.


I graduated from one of the top massage schools in the country, the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona, with 1074 hours (in a 1000 hour school) of hands-on training and theory, including Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology. I graduated from massage school in August of 1999. Before I began massaging I learned reiki, a form of energy work. I currently work in Tirra Salon and Day Spa, an Aveda spa near downtown Chicago.

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