Lymphatic drainage massages: why they are needed and how to do it yourself

Massage 4944146 640 300x200After having plastic surgery, we often recommend patients consider the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage as part of their recovery process. Lymphatic draining massage is a special type of bodywork that can be done to help drain the lymph nodes. The lymphatic system’s job is to help in draining toxins and waste from the tissues of the body, and sometimes it can use a little help. Certain health conditions can contribute to lymphatic fluid buildup, during which patients will want to perform lymphatic drainage massage to their body to help it along! Dr. Kimberly Carpin of Dr. Kimberly Carpin Plastic Surgery of Webster, TX is here to help patients learn the importance of lymphatic drainage massage and how to perform it at home on their own. 

Who can benefit from lymphatic drainage massage? 

Patients who have recently undergone plastic surgery will definitely benefit from this massage technique, though it can also be used for patients with the following conditions and experiences: 

  • High levels of stress
  • Chronic digestive problems
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic migraines
  • Swelling or edema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lymphedema
  • Certain skin disorders
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Insomnia

How can lymphatic drainage massage be performed at home? 

To perform this massage, there are specific hand motions and finger positions to ensure the massage is done correctly. It is important to also perform these massages on the areas of the body where lymph nodes are present, including the neck, underarms, chest, abdominal area, and groin. Dr. Kimberly Carpin can help patients learn where to massage and how so they can perform lymphatic drainage massage in the comfort of their own home after surgery and as part of their long-term healthcare. She can provide a “cheat sheet” for patients who are leaving the practice with their post-operative surgical care instructions so they can help their lymphatic system along for faster healing and recovery from their procedures. 

Call Dr. Kimberly Carpin Plastic Surgery of Webster, TX 

If you are interested in learning more about lymphatic drainage massage after plastic surgery, contact Dr. Kimberly Carpin and her team today. Her office is conveniently located at 18201-B Gulf Freeway and accepts new patients.   

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