Post-Operative / Surgical Massage

Massage Therapy Can Aid in Postoperative Pain Relief


Position Statement

It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage has been shown to aid in postoperative pain relief.

Background Information

Postoperative pain can complicate and delay a patient’s recovery, lengthen hospital stays and costs, and interfere with a patient’s return to activities of daily living.  In many people, pain medications can have unpleasant side effects.  Research indicates that massage can decrease postoperative pain, decrease postoperative pain intensity, decrease postoperative pain unpleasantness/distress, decrease sympathetic responses to postoperative pain, accelerate the rate of decline in the intensity of postoperative pain, accelerate the rate of decline of the unpleasantness of postoperative pain, decrease doses of analgesics and increase levels of calmness/feelings of well-being.


Benefits of Post Massage after Surgery

       Reduction in bruising

       Reduction of pain

       Reduction of inflammation

       Fewer lumps and bumps, normalization of tissues in area of surgery

       Increased skin flexibility

       Less time for body to reconstruct tissues

       Reduced scarring

       Prevention of subcutaneous fibrosis after liposuction

       Normalization of tissue sensitivity

       Calming effect on the nervous system

List of Physical Benefits

  • Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling;
    reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Treats injuries caused during sports or work
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing
  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Treats musculoskeletal problems
  • Post operative rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation after injury

List of Mental Benefits

    • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
    • Fosters peace of mind
    • Helps relieve mental stress
    • Improves the ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
    • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
    • Emotional benefits
    • Fosters a feeling of well-being
    • Reduces levels of anxiety
    • Creates body awareness
    • Increases awareness of mind-body connection


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