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Recovering from surgery requires rest and relaxation, along with following your doctor’s instructions. Let's look at additional self-care tips for before and after your operation:
When you are ready, and after checking with your doctor, massage can aid in your recovery. Massage around the area of surgery may not be appropriate at first. However, an overall massage to the rest of your body may improve circulation, encourage the flow of healing oxygen and nutrients, and carry away irritating waste products, potentially speeding up the healing process.
Generally, you want to stick with a gentle, nurturing massage. Leave the deep tissue techniques until you're fully recovered.
You can also try the gentle technique of lymph drainage massage, which can stimulate your immune system, reduce pain, help flush out residue of medications, and reduce swelling. Or use an energy technique, such as reiki, that involves only light, or no, touch.
Follow your doctor's advice, relax, and let yourself heal.
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