A patient going to receive a massage after surgery.

Can You Get a Massage After Surgery?

Published: 24th May, 2023

There are always so many rules and regulations to adhere to after surgery, and often it can feel like you’re navigating a minefield. Keeping up with doctor’s orders is of course a must. But with strict instructions on what to eat, how to sleep, when to move, and all the things you’re advised not to do, there are plenty of grey areas that crop up, too. And getting a massage after surgery sure is one of them.

If you’ve been wondering whether you can indulge in a little rub-down after you’ve been discharged, we’re about to break down the benefits and risks for you.

Key Factors to Keep in Mind With Massage Post-Surgery 

The activities you are able to participate in after surgery will always depend on the type of surgery that you’ve had. Your individual circumstances, health, and the situation can’t be generalized. This is why it’s best to wait until you’ve fully recovered from surgery. Once you’ve received the green light from your surgeon, you’re good to go ahead. In most cases, this can be around the six-week mark.

The Benefits of Massage After Surgery

Once you are healed, massage could work wonders for your ongoing recovery. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage can treat both pain and anxiety related to surgery, leading to a lower need for medication. In one study, not only did pain reduce after treatment, but mobility improved, more pressure could be applied, and medication could be reduced.

Among the many benefits that massage can (quite literally) bring to the table–including stress reduction, increased relaxation, and a boost in circulation–aid in recovery seems to be the most notable. Yet, even with that in mind, there are key precautions that need to be taken in order to avoid complications.

When’s Best to Wait for Massage Therapy

Every recovery period is different. Some will heal days after surgery, while others may take months. It all very much varies on the type of surgery you get, how invasive it is, where it is, and even how large the incisions are. Even if you’re on track with the phases of healing, if your scars are still healing, or you’re experiencing pain or inflammation, it’s best to wait.

Ultimately, your surgeon can advise you on the best course of action. It’s essential to consult with your doctor to ensure that it’s safe for your specific situation – including when it’s appropriate to resume exercise and undertake physical therapy alongside massage.

Using Massage as a Healing Therapy

Once your doctor has given you the all-clear, turning to massage after surgery could be what you need to aid you on your healing journey. So why not work with our patented, FDA-cleared acupressure massage beds that are fully tailored to your body?

Welcoming massage into your recovery routine in the comfort of your own home could (again, quite literally) be what your doctor is ordering! Visit one of our showrooms ahead of your surgery for a free trial and to find out more.

Grace Olivia Parry is a London-based writer with a penchant for Paris, good food, and fitness. When she’s not writing about the finer things in life, she’s cooking, practicing pilates, or planning her next trip.


American Massage Therapy Association – Post-surgery Relief for Pain

VeryWellHealth – How Long Will Recovery Take After Surgery?

Soulstice Wellness – Phases of Healing Following Surgery