Post Surgery Massage

An important aspect of any surgical procedure is the post-rehabilitation recovery process. It’s during this process that natural movement is re-learned, and freedom of movement is re-enforced. Post-Surgery Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard rehabilitation procedures after surgery. My unique Post-Surgery Massage is great in helping to bring blood and nutrients to the affected area to repair the soft tissue and prevent fibrosis. Massage also can help break up scar tissue and keep the muscles supple so less scar tissue develops in the first place. By increasing circulation while relaxing the muscles, massage can help the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the surgical rehabilitating area(s) to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate. Even when there’s no injury, massage can helps athletes of all levels improve their flexibility and muscle suppleness.
Carolina Pintos

Carolina Pintos

Texas Licensed Massage Therapist with a B.S. in Physical Therapy

My name is Carolina Pintos and I am a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), and Physical Therapist (PT) here in Houston, Texas. I have more than 10 years’ experience working as a Physical Therapist and helping pre and post-surgery patients, pregnant clients, and customers concerned with their aesthetics, where I help them better shape the contour of their body. I’ve helped more than 2,000 clients with their therapy needs, and now I’m here to help you!

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have general questions or specific concerns. ¡Se Habla Español! 



Q: Is massage after surgery safe?
A: In many cases, the answer is, yes.  But it’s always a good idea to check with the surgeon or primary care doctor, because there may be certain areas you’ll want to avoid, or the specific conditions when it might be best to wait.
Q: How long after a surgery can a massage be given?
A: The answer involves much more than the surgery – remember, massage therapy addresses the needs of an individual, not a procedure.  Generally as soon as the client is comfortable with having a massage, you’re good to go.  Remember, surgery carries with it emotional components, so one of the best approaches is to provide a relaxing, soothing and caring touch to help heal the soul.  And then there are the pain-relieving components as well – some people have post-op pain, and massage is a terrific natural alternative to those prescription drugs patients get sent home with. 
Q: What about massaging the surgical wound site?
A: That would depend on the condition of the surgical site.  If it’s still healing up – especially if it hasn’t closed up yet, is red or draining, or is swollen, you should avoid working on the area with any friction or pulling strokes that might stress the wound.  However, feather-light stroking in the surrounding area can be soothing. 
Q: Can I work on scar tissue?
A: The old-school answer was, not for two years.  But what is becoming more common practice is to begin massaging scar tissue after as little as three weeks, as it can boost healing. In fact, some patients are even being taught self-massage of scar tissue before even leaving the hospital.