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Myofascial Release Therapy in Wilmington, DE

  • Post-Surgical Liposuction
    Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage is frequently recommended by plastic surgeons during the recovery phase following cosmetic liposuction. There is often a considerable amount of bruising and swelling to which MLD massage can help speed up the recuperation period. The tunnels created by the surgical instrument will fill with fluid and become swollen with fluid and left-over fat. This substance will begin to harden between 1-3 weeks after surgery. MLD helps to remove this substance by gently directing it back into the lymph passages, cleansing the extracellular spaces where it was trapped. The faster the excess fluid is excreted, the quicker the skin can retract and unevenness can be avoided. We recommend 4-6 treatments. Treatments can begin 1 week post surgery and there may be no open wounds or tubing.
  • Lymphedema
    Poor health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a specific area of the body where it will cause swelling. This condition is called Lymphedema and most often happens in the arms or legs. Lymphedema can develop as a result of infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, and any condition that damages the lymphatic system. Length of treatments needed will depend upon the patients individual circumstance and type of lymphedema.
  • Breast Augmentation
    MLD after breast augmentation helps to prevent the formation of excessive scar tissue, both in the incision and around the implant. The treatment is designed to relieve congestion, swelling and discomfort. In addition, MLD will encourage symmetry, restore pain-free range of motion and also help to prevent capsular contracture. Many other types of breast surgery patients find MLD helpful in recovery as well.
  • Facial Procedures and Face Lifts
    Manual Lympatic Drainage can often expedite recovery. A specific series of light, rhythmic strokes reduces swelling and improves the return of lymph to the circulatory system. While many cosmetic procedure can benefit from MLD very soon after surgery, facial procedures may require a longer wait time before beginning any manuel therapy. As with any surgery or procedure, please obtain permission from your doctor before beginning any post-treatment.
  • Other Cosmetic Prodecures
    Manual Lymphatic Drainage is often recommended following these procedures as well: Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), VASER Liposuction, Buttock and Hip Augmentation with fat, and 'Mommy Makeover's".
  • Edema and Swelling Due to Injury or Inflammation
    Edema is the body's general response to injury or inflammation and is the result of fluid from 'leaky' blood vessels being released into nearby tissues. This fluid accumulates and causes the tissue to swell. Manual Lymphatic Drainage encourages the natural movement of this excess lymph fluid, improving the severity of the edema and its painful symptoms.

MFR is a good fit for you if you suffer from:

  • Migraines and headaches

  • Whiplash Injury- old and new injuries

  • Chronic Pain anywhere within the body

  • Sciatica

  • TMJ- Jaw Pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Past Sports Injuries

  • Painful Scarring

  • Disc Problems

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Adhesions

  • Scoliosis

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Women's Health Issues

The MFR Treatment Session

The use of Myofascial Release is perfect for treating each patient as an individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapies. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, through the enhancement of strength, flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.

 

BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT

When you arrive you will fill out your medical history, what your goals for treatment are, and disclose any current medications you are taking. Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, most clients/patients are more comfortable wearing a bathing suit, loose fitting work out shorts, tank top, or sports bra. Your therapist will need access to multiple points on your body and traditional massage draping techniques are difficult to employ. Rest assured, you will be covered as much as possible.

THE BEGINNING OF TREATMENT

Your therapist will then show you the treatment room and walk you through the treatment process. The therapist will discuss with you the reason why you’re seeking myofascial release therapy and then perform an in depth postural assessment to help determine your best course of treatment. Myofascial release is much different from traditional massage. At times it may feel as if nothing is happening as it is extremely slow and deliberate work. 

Depending on the issues that the session is planned to address, you may begin the session by receiving myofascial release on your face, neck and shoulders, or maybe on your back. No oils or lotions are utilized in myofascial release and we ask that you refrain from applying any lotion the day of your treatment.

DURING YOUR TREATMENT

It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table. During the session your therapist will utilize various techniques including compression, tractioning and stretching, rebounding, and unwinding.

It’s really important for you to tell the therapist if at any point you are in pain. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if there is work being done in a problem area. Your therapist will check in with you as the session proceeds, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, experience any type of pain, need another pillow, or even if you just hate the music.

AFTER THE TREATMENT

You may feel mellow and relaxed after your treatment, or completely energized and ready to take on the world. If pain issues were addressed, you may feel an immediate reduction of pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel relief. Please understand that it is important to drink extra water following treatment to encourage the rehydration of fascial tissue. Some soreness is normal and should subside by the following day.

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