Even healthy, active people can have the temporary set-back of surgery. Whether emergency, essential or elective, you can reduce both your pain and your recovery time with appropriate treatments. My patients are always surprised to learn how many effective options are available... and very pleased with the outcomes, as are their surgeons.
Here in the South Georgian Bay area we are fortunate to have a wide range of therapists who can help with your recovery from surgery. You may already be familiar with physiotherapy; however, there are now even more offerings for your optimal rehabilitation. Chiropractors, acupuncturists and registered massage therapists can help with improving your mobility, especially if you have been compensating your movements (Eg. putting more weight on your left leg during recovery because your right was operated upon, leading to a change in your gait).
The following are 4 additional effective treatments that you may not have heard of:
Graston therapy - helps soften and reduce scar tissue, to improve mobility, tissue function and reduce pain. I have seen patients benefit from this therapy even years after surgery. For example, having a cesarean section scar worked on 12 years after birth has resolved chronic back pain!
Pelvic floor physiotherapy - assess & treat dysfunction, pain or weakness in the areas of genitals, urethra and colon. A success story that stands out to me is a woman experiencing 14 years of pain with intercourse since the birth of her daughter. A couple of treatments later she was pain-free!
Active Release Technique (ART) - to address scar tissue within muscles & tendons that may be contributing to reduced range of motion, weakness or pain.
Intravenous (IV) therapy - this is the administration of vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly in to the blood stream. Recovery from surgery requires a great deal of nutrients; to address tissue healing, reduce inflammation & pain, and support a normal sleep cycle. IV is one of the best tools we have seen for post-surgical support and often see patients mobile far earlier than their surgeons anticipated.
For best recovery a team approach is ideal; address your healing from the inside as well as the outside, so that you can return to your desired quality of life as soon as possible. Consult your naturopathic doctor (ND) to find out which combination of therapies may be best suited to your needs.