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Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage is a gentle form of massage that accelerates the circulation of the lymph—fluids that support your immune system—throughout the body.

I had a knee replacement surgery 9 months ago but I still have pain and swelling. Would lymphatic drainage help?

Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Jul 12, 2016
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Lymphatic drainage is primarily for reduction of edema, or swelling in the subcutaneous tissues. Your problem may also be caused by adhesions in the tendons and ligaments around the joint. Following a surgery or injury, adhesions can occur in the injured or repaired tissues, and in other tissues nearby. I would recommend deep tissue work with someone who does sports rehabilitative massage, and physical therapy exercises may be helpful as well. A few sessions may be required to work out the swelling, pain and stiffness.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Jul 12, 2016 would advanced Massage techniques!
Canney Yang (New Hyde Park, NY) on Jul 12, 2016
It takes time to heal no matter how long you did. There would be great help to relieve the pain through medical massage, if continue swelling every day, you need to go back to the doctor. I strongly suggest to put ice to the swelling area at night time or use ice cube to massage the pain and swelling area. That maybe help.
Liz Yerkes (Longboat Key, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
It certainly should.
Julie LaFrano (Breckenridge, CO) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes but I think you need to look for a specialist in scar tissue work first. Or you could do both together for a more effective treatment. If you don't mind traveling for top notch treatments look up chuck LaFrano on and get work from him. He is a genius at bodywork.
Ofer Orr (Jamaica - Estate, NY) on Jul 12, 2016
If the pain and the swelling are caused by Lymphatic system drainage problem, Lymphatic drainage lymphatic drainage can help. it would never hurt and it is worth the try, how ever if you suffer from Lymphedima the relief may not be permanent.
Sherry Glover (Austin, TX) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymph Drainage is always valuable in reducing inflammation whatever the cause. My approach for someone with a basically healed knee replacement, would be to first reduce the swelling, then address the pain usually caused by muscles that are still tightened from the trauma of the surgery and the tension from supporting the healing knee as well as any chronic issues prior to the surgery. I would be glad to talk to you personally about your issues and discuss who I could assist you in alleviating the swelling and the pain.
Surjani Tarjoto (Beaverton, OR) on Jul 12, 2016
Usually, Contract-Relax Muscle Energy Technique is used for acute knee injury. by performing gentle MET will help disperse the swelling. and increase the ROM, also help normalize neurologic function.
Anne Olivier (Dallas, TX) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic massage would be very helpful for you. It moves lymphatic fluid and creates a cleaner lymphatic system. When we have a cleaner internal environment healing is promoted and swelling is reduced. Lymphatic congestion can create pain and is relieved with lymphatic massage.
Angela Kennedy (Calabasas, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Patients develop swelling due to periarticular edema, hematoma and joint effusion. Inflammation, pain, stiffness, alteration of gait pattern, quadriceps contraction inhibition and slowing of rehabilitation are reported as consequences of swelling. Accordingly, it is likely that a therapy that would promote resorption of swelling would decrease the negative impact of swelling on patients'recovery. Manual lymph drainage (MLD) could possibly accelerate edema resorption after TKA surgery.
Andria Robinson (Oak Park, MI) on Jul 12, 2016
Hello, First you should consult your physician or specialist to make sure that more damage hasn't occurred. But to answer your question, Yes: lymph drainage therapy can help to mobilize fluid, keep any swelling down and reduce pain in the knee area and help restore any Range of Motion that was lost after surgery.
Melissa McMaster (Overland Park, KS) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic draining main benefit is to reduce swelling by helping unblock lymph nodes and encouraging things to "move along". When your leg isn't as swollen, your pain will probably reduce (particularly if you get rid of the knots that have probably grown up in your muscles since your surgery. Don't worry, everyone gets knots. Your muscles have had to work harder because your knee has been out of commission for a while)
Gil Rutherford (Novato, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Absolutely. It will move inflammation and fluid out and nutrients in to the tissues working to heal. If your doctor approves, deep work on the stiff muscles around the knee will help too.
Krissy Viccione (East Greenwich, RI) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, it would help. However, you should also look into Swedish massage and Myofascial Release. Swedish will move the swelling out of the tissue. Myofascial Release will stretch the fascia in your entire leg that is holding those muscles in contracture, hence causing chronic pain.
K.C. Schellhammer (, ) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage would benefit you greatly. Any surgery would benefit from this type of massage. Please make sure your massage therapist is a manual lymphatic drainage therapist.
Pauline Haughton (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
Well first of all, I would make sure that you are keeping up with your doctor or surgeon and make your problem is nothing more than what it is. Assuming that all is well ad you are simply experiencing healing pain and swelling, I would consider any massage that will give focus to your knee. Lymphatic drainage being one of them. In conjunction with massage, I would also seek physical therapy.
Fabian Soto (Hollywood, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
yes it all help. but the oain causing theswelling isa lot deeper in alot diferent parts besides the knee surrondings ,all over thelegsandfront tibialis anterior hip joint and lower abdomen
Scott Corliss (Portsmouth, NH) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage can help with the edema that is still present in the knee. What can also help is Kinesio Taping. If you are not familiar with this type of treatment there is a great website you can go to for detailed information on the effects of the taping. One of the techniques that is utilized is called a lymphatic taping which helps bring the edema built up in an area and brings it back to the main lymphatic ducts and ultimately reduces and eliminates the localized swelling and decreasing pain. It is great for rehabilitation of an injury, especially in the acute stages, but also long after it has healed but still not to its optimal level. If you saw any of the Olympics this year, there were many athletes who were wearing the tape so it is widely known and successful in the athletic community. this is a technique that I utilize in my practice and it has worked wonders!
Roy Kenji Omori (Newport, RI) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes Lymphatic drainage can help to at least minimize the swelling that could be causing the pain because of pressure from the swelling. Make sure to find a certified practitioner in lymphatic drainage massage for the best results
Stan Taylor (Salt Lake City, UT) on Jul 12, 2016
Absolutely! When would you like to schedule something with me?
Brian Skow (Scottsdale, AZ) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage might help, but acupressure, cold laser therapy, Sotai exercises, and meridian stretches may be more useful, addressing the cause of the stagnation rather than simply the symptoms thereof.
Jeff Shuman (East Hartford, CT) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage is helpful for removing excess fluid. Since excess fluid in an area tends to result in pain, lymphatic drainage may very well help with your condition. This form of treatment can be done manually or with cupping therapy.
Sandra Reyes (Bronx, NY) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage may be very helpful. Pain can be reduced because infectious toxins are released and the parasympathetic system is activated alleviating pain and spasms. Swelling can be reduced because fluid circulation and urination are stimulated. Scarring may also be addressed through stimulation of circulation and local immunity.
Lisa Foster (San Diego, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
In response to your question. Anytime you are dealing with joint injury that ends in surgery, and pain and swelling is still an issue after a certain amount of time it is probably good to consider massage. The first thing I would reccomend is that you talk to your doctor and make sure that massage is okay to start getting. Second you want to make sure that the pain and swelling is not the result of another complication. Lymphatic Drainage is probably the way to go, but Swedish Massage would be just as useful. I hope this helps. Sincerely. Lisa K. Foster CMT/HHP Owner Good Therapy Massage
Pamela Allen (Sacramento, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, it would help with the swelling.
Heather Kierczak (Ann Arbor, MI) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage is very effective in relieving edema (swelling) that often accompanies surgery. Lymphatic drainage massage would aid in opening the lymph nodes in the effected leg and use gentle rhythmic strokes to move the fluid from the knee toward the nodes where it can be re-absorbed back into the body. Heather Kierczak The Loft Massage Therapy
Kate Peck (West Newton, MA) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymph drainage would be great at moving the swelling out of your knee joint. Its very important in the healing phase of an injury or surgery to have an efficiently working lymph system. Lymph drainage is the only modality I know of that directly and specifically works with the lymph system.
Julie Deramo (Bellevue, WA) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage would definitely help. Gentle Swedish massage could work too. Make sure that your massage pushes the body fluids beyond the hip to encourage proper circulation. Without this aid, fluid drainage from the knee will remain blocked. You should also consider gentle exercises that encourage the leg to pump out fluids. The calf muscles are known as the 'second heartbeat'. Movement of these muscles move blood and lymph back to the trunk of the body. Walking is the best method, though it can be difficult when your knee is not operating properly. Swimming or just lifting your leg and pumping the foot up and down are two other ways that you can take control of your leg health too.
Tracy Bloom (Fairfield, CT) on Jul 12, 2016
Massage could help. Lymphatic drainage is a specific kind of massage with a very light touch, for swelling caused by fluid. I am not certified in that technique.
Karen McGhee (Queen Creek, AZ) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage is a very effective therapy for any type of inflammation. At times, lymph flow can become blocked or sluggish. Lymphatic drainage can assist the directional flow of the lymph and clear the blockage. This buildup of fluid in the tissue can be reduced with lymphatic massage and pressure and pain will thus diminish. It is a very good treatment for this type of condition.
Herb Gleason (Pompano Beach, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
Hello, my name is Herb. I am a licensed massage therapist. I also had a knee replaced over three years ago, and to this day it still gets swollen very easily. Massage does help, but stretching is even better, in my personal opinion. Hope this helps you.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Jul 12, 2016
Massage would help a bit, but doing regular stretches to help with your range of motion would do a better job of easing the swelling. A light to firm Swedish massage would help with pain in the area. It's really about what you're comfortable doing.
David Falknor (Franklin, TN) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage will help, though trigger-point therapy would be more effective.
Russell Fox (Tampa, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage would help to reduce the swelling, if nothing else. A side effect of the lymph drainage is accelerated healing, which may also reduce instances of future painful re-occurrences.
David Martin (Matthews, NC) on Jul 12, 2016
I have had good success using myofascial release with clients with fibro, usually without pain. Mind you, many therapists claim to do myofascial work, but experience has taught me that most of them really don't know what they are doing. I have, literally, thousands of hours of myofascial experience and am quite confident in my abilities. Migraines are a different story. There are various causes for migraines. If caused by neck tension then massage can certainly help. I also use a series of acupressure points that has proven effective to some degree. Yes, I am also certified in acupressure with 165 hours of workshops.
Micah Mays (Norman, OK) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage would definitely help with the swelling. Is your pain in the knee joint, or is it more of a muscular pain? A light Swedish massage would be beneficial as well for your symptoms. I hope this helps!
Demetri Travlos (New York, NY) on Jul 12, 2016
What kind of physical therapy have you done for your knee? Lymphatic drainage is normally for moving lymph out of area's its accumulated in. If you have localized swelling you should ice your knee down once an hour for 20 minutes. No more than 20 minutes and double the time off. 20 on, 40 off. Rinse and repeat.
Danica Carlson (Berkeley, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage could be effective, but I would consult with your physician first to ensure there isn't a more serious cause for the swelling. To your wishes, Danica
Hubert Holtzclaw (Dorchester Center, MA) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes. Lymphatic drainage is effective for getting rid of edemas and hematomas and boosting tissue regeneration following surgery.
Paula Irwin (Del Mar, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Hello! Good question! I would recommend an integrative approach. In the last 6 months I have had 2 clients with similar stories, one 6 months after surgery, and one 2 months after surgery. Both have made a good recovery under my treatment. The lymph drainage would decrease the build up of fluids. What I have discovered is that what is inhibiting the full healing process is the scar tissue left from the surgery. The lymph fluid is unable to move freely and promote healing due to the buildup of scar tissue. The utilization of myofacial release to break down the tissue allows the lymph to flow and decreases swelling. I would recommend at least 4 to 6 sessions, once per week, for full recovery. I have great success treating this situation. I look forward to working with you.
Tony Ruggiero (Greenville, SC) on Jul 12, 2016
As long as the swelling is not related to an infection of any kind, yes, lymphatic draining would most likely help reduce the swelling. If you have it done by a therapist that knows the technique it will, over time, reduce the swelling. It would take more than one treatment. In my practice, I also include essential oils to assist in the movement and drainage of fluid. I would recommend two visits a week for two to three weeks to resolve this issue. Remember, lymphatic drainage massage is not a deep modality since the lymphatic system is very superficial.
Rebecca Allen (Venice, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
Hello, and thank you for your question. Yes, lymphatic drainage can be very beneficial after any surgery. It can assist in the healing process by reducing scar tissue and bringing white blood cells to the area. Both the swelling and pain will be reduced. But, as with any complication arising from a surgery, you should consult your physician. There are many alternative therapies and treatments available to help alleviate swelling and pain. Consult your doctor or specialist to find what is the best for you and your specific condition. Good luck in your recovery. Rebecca Allen, LMT-NMT
Wanda Cox (West Hartford, CT) on Jul 12, 2016
I think massage therapy in general can assist with the healing process tafter knee replacement. Massage therapy can assist in breaking up scar tissue so you have greater ease of movement. Massage can also assist in increased circulation, which will aid in the drainage of the excess fluid. I would do a variety of techniques based on your condition at the time of treatment. I am confident that massage therapy can aid in your recovery.
Peggy Richards (Scottsdale, AZ) on Jul 12, 2016
A few things need to be addressed when it comes to knee evaluation. Lymphatic drainage would most likely help you with the swelling to some degree. But my sense is that the problem may be more of a structural issue. There are a lot of muscles and bones as well as cartilage at that site, and the pain needs to be addressed as well as the fluid retention.
David Ward (Abington, PA) on Jul 12, 2016
Swelling that is a result of edema can be reduced with massage as long as it is not caused by a disease or inflammation.
Sandra Stone (Pompano Beach, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage would most certainly benefit you. It would alleviate a good deal of the pain and discomfort, and reduce the swelling. Lymphatic drainage can also reduce scarring.
Carol Stuhmer (Miami, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
First, what does your doctor attribute your swelling to? Depending on the cause of the swelling, lymphatic drainage may help. However, more information is certainly necessary to determine what your best course of action might be. I would certainly want to know more about the issue and know what your doctor has to say.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage is not recommended on joint replacement areas.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage is not recommended on joint replacement areas.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes ! Massage is one of the modalities that can help you get rid of lymph accumulation which will in turn reduce/remove swelling. Massage will improve blood circulation there by bringing more nutrients to the area of pain which will speed up healing. Cold laser therapy another great tool for faster recovery. Full recovery period for knee replacement is from 1 to 6 months depending on various factor. I am sure you are already aware that excess weight will slow down the recovery. I have one suggestion about food. If you turn vegetarien, your recovery will speed up. Why!? Because what you need now is micro neutrients and not macro. Also body takes 600% more time to digest meat as compared to veges and fruit. Imagine if these body resources and energy is diverted toward healing rather then digestion. Chicken, fish are also meat. So to them too.
Sue-Brown Henry (Georgetown, DE) on Jul 12, 2016
First, address the swelling with your physician. Have you asked the doctor about the swelling? Is there any redness and/or heat in the area? If you have asked your physician and there are no other complications, then massage would certainly benefit healing. I would do a combination of several types of massage. Manual Lymphatic Drainage could help the lymphatic fluid move along, but I would also do some craniosacral therapy to ensure scar tissue isn't causing dysfunction. Myofascial Release and Swedish massage such as petrissage, can loosen surrounding muscles and connective tissue that aid in healing. Find a massage therapist that will do a variety of modalities including lymphatic drainage.
Daniel Candelaria (El Paso, TX) on Jul 12, 2016
I would say that yes, lymphatic drainage would help to flush out the toxins built up around the knee, plus you could also do light massage to help with the scar tissue build up. The pain that you are having is probably due to the swelling & scar tissue.
James Kennedy (, ) on Jul 12, 2016
yes, any type of massage helps the body, accupuncture helps with all pain. Some accupressure, Also check minerals in your diet. may be lacking as well.
Jesse Freeman (Mansfield, TX) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage would definitely help along with Acupressure of the knee
Breanna Gieseker (Santa Rosa, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
There is a good possibility that lymphatic drainage will reduce the swelling in your knee. The whole aim of this modality is to assist the lymphatic system in its job of maintaining fluid balance in the body. I think this would be an excellent treatment for you assuming there are no other health issues that would contraindicate this type of work.
Michael Wolfes (Palm Desert, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
most definitely!
Dmitriy Greenberg (Louisville, KY) on Jul 12, 2016
Welcome, I will help you eliminate inflammation and pain!
Robbin Phelps (Takoma Park, MD) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage could indeed help. I hope you find someone who can see you quickly. Plan to have a few sessions, as the effects will be cumulative, as the body responds more and more over time. Good luck!
Jason Markowitz (Tempe, AZ) on Jul 12, 2016
lymphatic drainage can help. but also look into theraputic body magnets. those helped me tremendously when i broke my femur years ago. also sports therapy massage is great as well. ice and heat treatments with a peppermint epsom salt bath could assist in cutting down inflammation and scar tissue. any questions feel free to ask. jason markowtz: 973-580-7556. thank you
Karen Orlosky (Lafayette, CO) on Jul 12, 2016
It's possible lymphatic drainage will help your condition, however I would prefer to know more information with regard to your procedure than listed here before making a recommendation.
Joseph McCoy (Muenster, TX) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, it does help, and in fact I recently did an emergency outcall to a rehab center for excess swelling because the ppatient could not meet her physical therapy goals after receiving a double knee replacement. You can view the testimonial on my page. If you are in my stae or area, feel free to contact me for more information.
Crystal Wright (Valrico, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, lymphatic drainage helps reduce swelling. I would find someone certified with this modality in order to receive the best and most effective care in your situation. Think*** reduce the swelling, reduce the pain, increase the range of motion. I would try to include lots of ice and range of motion in your therapy as well for the most effective healing. Sincerely, Crystal Wright, LMT Valrico, FL 888-609-5538
Karen Bronson (Bothell, WA) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes it probably would. You could also benefit from cupping to aid in breaking up scar tissue and adhesions, cupping will also bring fresh blood flow to starved areas and also is great for myofacial release and lymphatic drainage. Please be sure you see a therapist that is certified in massage cupping.
Bonnie Scarlett (Colorado Springs, CO) on Jul 12, 2016
~talk to DOC first to get the OK, gotta make sure its not a festering infection hangin on.. but then, absolutely!! i would have you in once or twice a week to open up the hips so that drainage can get through and new blood full of vitamins and oxygen is delivered.. then iD work your feet as well, lightly helping it drain up the legs and allow fresh blood to come join that party.. <3 lymphatic drainage AND massage <3 ~also, elevate your feet often so that lymphatic drainage is happening naturally as much as possible.. takeCARE & getWELL B Scarlett RMT
Judie Yim (New York, NY) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic Drainage will definitely help with your post surgery knee healing. The sign of inflammation in the area of surgery indicates that area has not completely healed and needs help in moving of the interstitial fluids.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Jul 12, 2016
If you have pain and swelling still get checked by the Doctor to make sure there is not a surgical issue. Once cleared find a therapist that can drain the area manually and help move the fluid if there is not a deeper issue. Thank you.
Stephen Fortier (Pinellas And Pasco Countie, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic Drainage will definitely help, but the muscle guarding from the Quads and Tibialis muscle needs to be addressed as well. I had a TKR myself and I am very familiar with these problems.
John Romano (Oakland Park, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes it would, but it will be much more beneficial if you have scar release work done before you get the lymphatic drainage work. Scar release is most effective with MPS therapy combined with a high vibrational essential oil blend. This will make the tissues soft and subtle and allow the lymphatic vessels to be able to flow properly
Jennifer White (Monterey Park, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Swelling, or lymph build up caused by surgery can be greatly reduced by lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage massage manually promotes lymph to circulate throughout the body and to the lymph nodes. Lymph fluid carries and transports proteins, toxins, hormones, fatty acids, and immune cells to the lymph nodes, which process them. It also helps promote tissue regeneration reducing the formation and appearance of scars. The reduction of fluid buildup will also help to reduce pain and the chance of infection. Treatment can begin as soon as 24 hours after surgery, with approval of the doctor and as long as there are no contra-indications.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Jul 12, 2016
yes it would. Any time we have surgery we break the barrier and can possibly alter our lymphatic system. lymphatic massage can help aid the fluid that is accumulating back into the lymph system. Dr. P
Cassie Winkle (Wakefield, MA) on Jul 12, 2016
I don't know much about lymphatic drainage but I have worked with many clients post-knee surgery. In my practice all of the products that I use are arnica based. It is believed that arnica helps increase circulation and helps reduce both pain and swelling from injuries. So when I have a client who is having trouble with bruising or swelling I spend a lot of time using simple swedish techniques with my arnica lotion to flush out the area and promote healing. Most people see a difference the very next day.
Safiyah Walcott (Atlanta, GA) on Jul 12, 2016
Since the knee surgery your muscle, tendons and soft tissue are under a healing process. Most likely, there is swelling and pain due to usage of a limb that is not quite healed yet. Most people undergo physical therapy but there is yet more therapy needed. The soft tissue needs massage work for muscle conditioning and scar tissue removal, icing or taking an anti-inflammatory for swelling, and continued light exercises for strengthening. After visiting your therapist, I would suggest to take walks in very comfortable shoes with a knee support. Light quad and hamstring strengthening exercises are recommended for healthy gate.
Kristin Uchida (Brighton, CO) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage and structural integration to get your body stacked up on itself would help wonders with this issue. The swelling is from inflammation in the tissue and can be worked on along with cold plunges to reduce swelling.
Kristin Uchida (Thornton, CO) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage and structural integration to get your body stacked up on itself would help wonders with this issue. The swelling is from inflammation in the tissue and can be worked on along with cold plunges to reduce swelling.
Norma Segovia (San Antonio, TX) on Jul 12, 2016
Lympathic Drainage will help, but have you seen your doctor about the swelling to make sure there is no infection first...if you have and there is no infection try using ice packs on it and keep the leg moving excersing the knee is important.
Jacqueline George-Algaier (Pittsburgh, PA) on Jul 12, 2016
If you are continuing to have pain, I would first consult with your physician. If the area is red, warm to the touch or became swollen suddenly, then I would definitely seek a physicians consult. A few questions that need to be answered before lymphatic drainage is done, would be; do you have a history of blood clots, is the swelling localized, does the swelling go down when elevated? Lymphatic drainage can be very helpful when indicated.
Sheryl Hodges (Auburn, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Are you doing physical therapy? How about bandaging? I would ask my physician how they feel about lymphatic drainage and go from there . In some cases ,yes lymphatic drainage is helpful,but without knowing your medical history ,I would want to get the okay from your physician first. Let me know how you are progressing and if I can be of assistance for you.
Andy Ly (Sterling Heights, MI) on Jul 12, 2016
Hi, You need a combination treatments of threrapeutic massage, lympathic drainage, cupping and accupunture that would help to eliminate your knee pain.
Flo Lawrence (Woodland Hills, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, lymphatic drainage would be helpful. You can also take your knuckles and with one handrun the doubled up fist full of knuckles up from the knee on the inside of the leg and also do the same thing on the outside of the leg. Do it 30 times both inside and outside of leg and do it twice a day. This will help to drain the lymphatic stagnation.
Mario Messina-Azekri (Portland, OR) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage m=will help. Bowenwork also has techniques for swelling and knee pain.
Nobledamon Withey-Bey (Atlanta, GA) on Jul 12, 2016
pain and swelling is more likely due to inflimation and lyphatic drainage is always a great way to promote fluid drainage however find herbs that will promote anti inflamitory proporties. also keeping your feet above your heart as much as possible along side heat and cold applications 10 min hot then 10 min ice back and forth for an hour this will promote vaso diolation and constriction but end the session with ice
Jennie Mison (Philadelphia, PA) on Jul 12, 2016
After 9 months, you should be okay to receive massage but the continued pain and swelling is an indication that something is not healing correctly. A follow up with your ortho surgeon would be a good idea at this point before getting a massage. Would lymphatic drainage help? Actually, any type of massage should help move and drain that fluid from the lower extremities but to ensure that it does not continue to be a repeating problem requires knowing what is causing it in the first place. Check with your doc first. Massage will help but may not prevent an ongoing problem without his intervention as well.
Joseph Weger (Ft Mitchell, KY) on Jul 12, 2016
Dear Zeel Member, Without trying to toot my own horn based on ego, i just simply want to give u a background history of who I am. I was rated the #1 therapuetic based deep tissue worker in NYC for 6 consecutive year, The #1 Aromatherapist, 1 of the top ten alternative healers, and one of the top prenatal therapist with 20 years in the businessl I have had TREMENDOUS success with knee replacement surgery. Yes, lymphatic drainage would help tremendously. As well as passive assisted stretching, streching on your own. Please feel fee to conatact me with any other question. Kindest regards, Joseph Weger 646-372-2226
Joseph Weger (Ft Mitchell, KY) on Jul 12, 2016
Dear Zeel Member, Without trying to toot my own horn based on ego, i just simply want to give u a background history of who I am. I was rated the #1 therapuetic based deep tissue worker in NYC for 6 consecutive year, The #1 Aromatherapist, 1 of the top ten alternative healers, and one of the top prenatal therapist with 20 years in the businessl I have had TREMENDOUS success with knee replacement surgery. Yes, lymphatic drainage would help tremendously. As well as passive assisted stretching, streching on your own. Please feel fee to conatact me with any other question. Kindest regards, Joseph Weger 646-372-2226
Trina Elson (Stuart, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, While traditional massage increases circulation and affects the lymphatic system in general, lymphatic massage is a treatment that specifically increases the flow of lymph. Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is probably the best known and most widely practiced form of lymphatic massage. Since its inception, MLD has been used to speed healing from sprains, strains, and bruises, to reduce edema and swelling after surgery, and to treat muscle spasms from overuse and chronic tension. Following surgeries that affect the lymph system (e.g. hysterectomy, prostectomy, mastectomy, etc.), MLD has been shown to move lymph fluid when an area of the body can no longer perform this function. Circumstances when you should not use lymphatic massage include acute inflammation, certain forms of cancers, hemorrhage, and acute phlebitis (inflammation of the veins). If you are experiencing any of these conditions, make sure to check with your physician before exploring lymphatic massage.
Martin Schweizer (Encinitas, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, I believe lymphatic drainage would be useful. Make sure to find a well-trained therapist.
Leah Nelson (Salt Lake City, UT) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage would be great, but also make sure to keep your leg as mobilized as possible (especially if it's been 9 months post surgery). What you don't want to do is ice (this is a sadly misused treatment that all post injury research shows does not help with swelling or lymph flow). And the excess lymph causes the swelling, thus causing pain. You also don't want to take ibuprofen or other anti inflammatories. Your body needs that inflammation to heal and rebuild. The swelling is caused by lymph (or the "garbage" from your injury) not able to get away from the injury sight. The way it is transported is through muscle movement or compression creating muscle movement. I'd recommend wrapping your knee to create some compression. I know ice is what you have been told to use by numerous health practitioners and doctors, but please do some of your own research. The up to date sports medicine shows that ice does not help, and in fact it hinders the healing process. Ice does help with pain, but if you want an injury to heal well, do not ice. If pain is bothering you, try something more like a topical ointment like tiger balm or topricin. They will confuse your nervous system to block pain receptors, but they won't hinder the healing process. And go out and get a massage- lymphatic drainage or a specialized sports massage. Any compression on your muscles will help. Hope this has been helpful!
Crystal Balboa (Desert Hot Springs, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Hi, try orthopedic massage.
Kim Greenlee (El Paso, TX) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, I believe lymphatic drainage could help reduce the swelling/pain.
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Hi I know is normal for people to have pain for long time is also important for you to keep intouch with you doctor or get a 2nd oppinion and massage will help you circulation and also helps the healing process.
Danielle Brodeur (Cave Creek, AZ) on Jul 12, 2016
Absolutely! Lymphatic massage will aid in detoxifying and reduce swelling. You can also try milk thistle and nettle leaf and arnica are all natural anti-inflammatory remedies.
John Musco (Ithaca, NY) on Jul 12, 2016
In my opinion, typically not. Lymph nodes are located in the Throacic and Inguinal areas. : underarms, groin, neck, chest and abdomen. I would recommend a follow up with your surgeon, and Physical therapist. It is imperative that you followed through and were consistent with your physical therapy sessions. As an Adjunct to physical therapy, massage therapy would be beneficial as well, though the therapy would be more in the area of stretching and light effleurage to the knee joint and ligaments. John Musco
Dianna Kendrick (Martinez, GA) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes it will as well as gentle Swedish massage.
Johanna Wasen (Blue Ash, OH) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, LD will help with any edema. Are you doing any PT? Are you icing? 9 months ago & still swollen is certainly not ideal, if all recovery orders have been followed. I would tailor a session with some ROM, Musle Energy Tech., LD, and Myofascial Therapy to assess.
William Dinger (Los Angeles, CA) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, lymphatic massage or swedish massage would be helpful for post surgery swelling. Brining circulation to the area will speed the healing process and allow the body to heal itself.
Rupa Schodowski (Shelby Township, MI) on Jul 12, 2016
I would say relaxing massage is good for now and after this year, a good routine is water aerobics, continue with physical an regular massage. Then of course scar tissue is around the knee the sooner the knee get regular massage the better it is for you and I can strengthen the muscles again.
J. Tim Cochran (Hendersonville, NC) on Jul 12, 2016
Lymphatic drainage might help. Massage cupping around tdhe knee area would also help by bring more blood to and around the area.
Anna Waggoner (Indianapolis, IN) on Jul 12, 2016
Yes, lymph drainage would definitely help with swelling. It sounds like you may have developed some edema in your knee. Elevating your knee will also help with swelling.
John Campanelli (Summerfield, FL) on Jul 12, 2016
I will as well as other types, need to break up scar tissue as well. That will aslo increasse blood flow more effectively.
Heather Park (Sandy, UT) on Jul 12, 2016
May I suggest using a gel pack for 20 minutes when your swelling is uncomfortable. Icing always reduces swelling. Also, with the new fibrous tissue that is building around your recent wound, I would also suggest some orthepedic massage, and perhaps having a massage therapist who knows and understand trigger point therapy. If the proper treatment is used, your pain and swelling will be reduced, and your knee will heal faster and stronger. Thankyou so Much Heather Park LMT
Kennette Klees (Houston, TX) on Jul 12, 2016
It would definitely help, but there are apparently other issues with your knee replacement. What's your salt intake like? My suggestion is to contact your physician first. As licensed massage therapists, we would require a physician's release prior to providing any services.