No matter what surgical procedure you’re having, it’s important to remember that surgery is surgery. No matter how minor the procedure may be, it takes time to recover. If you are having a surgical procedure, you may be interested in how to heal faster, return to your work faster, and ultimately return to your daily life faster.
For most patients, recovery is a pretty straight forward process with a specific immediate down time, followed by a gentle re-entry to life. Surgical recovery, however, is no joke. Your surgeons will do their part in the hospital, but when you leave, recovery is your challenge. Here are ways we can help speed up the recovery process so you can get back to life as quickly (an safely) as possible.
Acupuncture for recovery:
Acupuncture is a time-tested, holistic medicine that can help decrease pain and restore function. And it can be very helpful before, during and after surgery for a number of reasons. Before surgery it can help to increase your endorphin levels which can alleviate anticipated pain, decrease anxiety, and enhance overall health.
Because surgery is traumatic to the body and causes immediate swelling and pain, having a series of acupuncture treatments afterwards can help alleviate those negative symptoms as well as reduce post-operative nausea, vomit, constipation, urinary retention and headaches. Acupuncture is also a great alternative to taking addicting pain killer medications after surgery, and can cut recovery time in half.
ATP Resonance Biotherapy
This technique that utilizes microcurrent therapy for treating pain using low level electrical current. The current is delivered to certain parts of the body in an attempt to relieve pain. Frequencies have a direct effect on our bodies and can almost instantaneously change the chemistry. For example, there are frequencies clinically proven to reduce inflammation, repair tissue and others that improve circulation. This helps injured tissue heal faster and provides relief of pain caused by injury, surgery, or chronic conditions.
In addition to directly helping to treat pain and swelling, this treatment can also can increase the of ATP produced in damaged tissues as much as 500%, which helps reduce recovery rates. It’s like writing a computer program for our bodies to heal.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is one of the many subsets therapeutic massage designed to work specifically with this system to help it work better. Contrary to the deep tissue massage modalities that aim to stimulate the body’s muscles, this type of bodywork uses very light pressure with specific gentle, rhythmic strokes that stimulate the lymphatic system.
Many surgeons are recommending MLD treatments to their patients to help expedite the recovery process and to get the best possible results after cosmetic procedures including liposuction, cool sculpting, BBL, tummy tuck, chin lifts and others. Manual lymphatic drainage massage helps to move the excess fluid by gently pumping it back into the lymph vessels. Reducing this swelling helps to reduce discomfort. Without post surgical MLD the excess swelling and fluid build up can cause complications. Click to read more about the benefits of MLD therapy here.
Benefits of post surgical care at Health Pointe Jacksonville:
- reduces stress and anxiety
- boosts immune system
- decreases post operative pain and side effects
- reduces cosmetic scars
- reduces internal scar tissue
- greatly reduces recovery rates
- decrease inflammation
If you’ve had a surgical procedure and are seeking ways to optimize your recovery, we are here to help!
An initial consultation is required with our Acupuncture Physician to properly evaluate your specific needs and create an individualized plan of care.