Are you scheduled for a surgical procedure?
Can myofascial release help with your post-op recovery?
When you need to go in for surgery (especially if it’s orthopedic surgery), there is a lot to consider. You obviously want to find the right surgeon and office, and you want to talk things over with all the important members of your family. And, of course, there are lots of resources on how to best prepare for and recover from your procedure.
It is perhaps most helpful to put a post-op recovery plan in place. In fact, your surgeon probably recommends it. This recommendation is most likely to accompany surgery on your neck, wrist, hip, ankle, spine, foot, or shoulder or other bones or joints in the body.
Having a recovery plan in place will not only add peace of mind, but the right sort of plan will also speed up the healing process.
You want your surgery to go well, avoid problems, and have the easiest, best experience possible, with the best outcome. There is a lot of good advice out there, and your surgeon may even have a checklist. But all post-op recovery plans we have seen from clients have missed the importance of the fascial system.
We work with your surgical team’s recommendations to prepare your body and tissues (the myofascial system) for the easiest possible surgery and recovery.
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What Are The Benefits of Myofascial Release Therapy?
Myofascial release therapy effectively increases movement and overall mobility, reduces pain and inflammation, and speeds recovery more effectively than any other treatment. Why? Because when we undergo any surgical procedure, the muscles and tissues become taut – not just in the area that underwent surgery, but all over your body.
Everything is connected. This tautness leads to a buildup of stress, tension, and restriction, which puts pressure on blood vessels and nerves, leading to inflammation, pain, and movement restriction. Working with the Release Works team addresses these problematic restrictions and tensions.
Aside from the obvious benefits associated with pre-and post-surgery rehab, Myofascial Release Therapy can also help with:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Pelvic floor dysfunction, prolapse, and urinary stress incontinence
- Spinal disc problems, scoliosis, and sciatica
- Endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and infertility
- Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and myofascial pain syndrome
- Headaches and migraines
- Frozen shoulder, tendonitis, and bursitis
- Arthritis pain and prevention
- TMJ Dysfunction and pain
The treatment specifically helps:
- Improve your mobility and flexibility
- Reduce pain, muscle soreness, and inflammation
- Relax your nervous system
- Reduce the physical effects of stress and anxiety
- Improve blood flow and circulation
- Improves overall wellbeing and moves you closer to optimal health
But what are the specific benefits before and after surgery?
How Does Myofascial Release Therapy Help Before Surgery?
Before undergoing any type of surgery, we recommend you consult a myofascial release specialist to start preparing your body for surgery and planning your rehabilitation.
Although it might seem excessive to see a specialist before surgery and after, it can be hugely beneficial and help you recover faster afterward.
Also referred to as pre-habilitation or prehab, it helps you prepare mentally and physically for the surgery.
First, we conduct a detailed evaluation of your current physical condition and medical history, noting any physical limitations or restrictions you may have. Then, we create a customized Surgical Prep Program and Surgical Recovery Program.
We know that a significant concern for clients considering surgery is the recovery process and “downtime” after the procedure, especially when you need a complete joint replacement or other major surgery. Recovery from these types of surgeries can be long and slow.
For some, this fear of a lengthy period of rehabilitation puts them off having surgery altogether – limping around in pain instead. However, working with the Release Works team can greatly improve your recovery time by helping your body and tissues be in the best possible condition for the surgery. In conjunction with your surgeon’s recommendations, everyone considering surgery should complete a Release Works Surgical Prep Program. The benefits include:
- Less Anxiety: Going in for surgery can cause a great deal of stress and fear before the procedure. But studies show that patients who choose to have pre-surgery bodywork and myofascial release therapy display less anxiety before the surgery date. Myofascial Release Therapy helps calm your nervous system as we ease the overall tension and stress levels in the body.
- Quicker recovery period: Addressing fascial restrictions prior to surgery increases blood and lymph circulation throughout the body. This improves drainage following surgery, helps reduce pain and swelling, and speeds wound healing.
- Fewer complications: Much of the focus of a Surgical Prep Program is on improving the pliability in the fascial tissues. This makes the surgical incision and any placement of hardware or devices easier. It also gives us an opportunity to address any “congestion” or “stuckness” in the tissues that might lead to a lengthier surgery and complications.
How Does Myofascial Release Therapy Help After Surgery?
One client recently underwent an orthopedic procedure and shared the following with us post-op, the day after his surgery.
“Wow things are crazy. Virtually every leg muscle in the upper leg is gone into spasm and dozens of trigger points. Sliding to the edge of the bed is a major ordeal in order to stand up with a walker and the most I’ve been able to do is like 20 or 30 steps to the bathroom here in my hospital suite. I remember that Vanetta suggested Myofascial work immediately after surgery, and I think it would be much easier to walk when the physical therapist comes in if these muscles were gently untied a bit.”
A Release Works Surgical Recovery Program is critical in helping regain a better range of motion, improve stamina, strength, mobility, and flexibility.
Clients are generally cleared for therapeutic bodywork 6-8 weeks following surgical procedures. Some surgeons are advocates of bodywork much sooner. It is important to start a Release Works Surgical Recovery Program as soon as you are cleared to begin working with us. Some of the benefits of a post-surgery program include:
- Improved wound healing: Easing myofascial tensions in the body following surgery helps improve drainage in all tissues surrounding the surgery area. This reduces any edema or swelling in the tissues and will speed healing of the surgical incision.
- Decreased scar tissue: Scar tissue and its appearance and effects on the body following any surgical procedure are a major concern for many clients. One of the functions of scar tissue is to close the wound. However, even after the wound closes and heals, scar tissue continues to reach deep into the body and adhere to whatever it can. This can have an effect months and years later on organs, muscles, and tissues. A Surgical Recovery Program addresses scar tissue before it becomes a problem, and gives you the tools and self treatment experience to keep it from being a problem.
- Less inflammation and pain: Persistent pain following surgery is another concern for many clients. Easing tension on sensitive blood vessels, nerves, and organs of the body is essential to decreasing pain and inflammation. We address the body as a whole, first in the tissues and areas directly affected by the surgery area and then throughout the entirety of the body.
Free Surgical Prep or Surgical Recovery Consultation
If you’re scheduled for surgery soon or considering having a procedure and would like to learn more about how the Release Works Surgical Prep and Recovery Programs can help you prepare and recover, why not book a free consultation with us? In some cases, we may even be able to help you prevent having surgery altogether.
But if that’s not possible in your case, we help you prepare for and recover from surgery in the best, more effective way possible. As a result, most patients finish treatment with us feeling even better than they did before the problem arose in the first place. Yes, really.
What are you waiting for?
This 30-minute appointment is 100% risk-free with no financial investment required on your part and no obligation to book treatment afterward. Let us support you through the surgery process and help you recover faster.
Why not start on your road to freedom today? Reach out by getting in touch now.
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