“Female Related Surgeries” — Pre- and Post-Surgical Massage as a Key to Successful Healing

  • Roseann Gould


How many of us don’t know at least one woman who has undergone an hysterec-tomy or other “female related” surgery (cesarean section, mastectomy, breast reduction/enlargement/reconstruction, etc.). Common to all of these procedures is the risk of adhesions keloid scarring and reduced range of motion (ROM). All of these conditions begin to occur even as the surgery is in process. Deep tissue massage helps to prevent this “gluing” of the tissue layers. The atmosphere in the pre-surgical massage sessions encourages the client to express her fears and talk about them and as a result she can go into surgery feeling relaxed, self assured and empowered. Post-surgical massage will motivate and assist the woman to actively participate in her own healing process. Post surgical massage combined with ROM stretches, in addition to the psychological benefits, can assist in speeding up the recovery process, create greater elasticity and softening of tissue, help prevent adhesions and keloiding as well as create more comfort in the body and a more aesthetic surgical repair site. Specific techniques which have been developed will be discussed.


Healing Process Massage Therapist Successful Healing Manual Lymph Drainage Great Elasticity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roseann Gould
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  1. 1.Reidman International Center for Complementary MedicineTel AvivIsrael

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