Okay, so this is definitely something I haven’t written about because I’m a little skeptical about it. You see, I’ve tried everything under the sun with this whole surgery nonsense. I’ll name some things I’ve tried: Steroids, shots, topical ibuprofen, 10 different pill ibuprofen, about 30 vials of blood, Graston Technique, ART, Ultrasound, PT, KT Tape, 10 different braces, shoe inserts, massages, etc. None of these helped and if they did it was very temporary relief.
So for this MIMM post, I’m going to talk about Lymphatic Drainage massage. This may bore you a bit but I’ll tell you a little bit about the technique and why this whole ordeal is so marvelous.
Lymphatic Drainage is a type of massage which helps re-direct the lymph nodes to other lymph nodes after traumatic events (ie. surgery). Incidentally, the body releases proteins naturally and if the lymph nodes do not channel directly the proteins stay put and harden/swell. If an area remains swollen, the tissues never heal because healing comes after inflammation reduction in the healing process. After doing a little bit of reading, I decided to see a local massage therapist who is certified in this field – which is hard to come by and I’m glad she lives about 3 minutes away from my house. If you’d like to read more about it, click here.
I’m not going to lie when I say I’ve had enough of this whole surgery. I’m severely depressed and my anxiety is through the roof. If you experience anxiety, it’s awful. I’m literally scared to walk. From the minute I get up the morning, every step I take is like walking on eggshells. This is why I just decided to give Lymphatic Drainage a go and scheduled an appointment. After the appointment, I was about to pay the massage therapist when she asked me to be a case study for her final class to become certified in Lymphatic Drainage. This means: All massages are free and she really believes this is why my knee is not healing. Her explanation seems pretty believable – although most do – but again, it’s absolutely free. The only thing I have to do is keep a journal for her and take pictures throughout the process.
Now, I’m just wondering if this is too good to be true or perfect timing? I’m just hoping for the latter. So far, I’ve seen an improvement in my knee. It has more definition but I’ve also begun taking steroids again and I’m wearing a much more protective brace. I just hope and pray this works.
It’s worth a try. Always worth a try.
I hope you all have a marvelous Monday.
I have a doctor’s appointment to review the MRI for my left knee.
Wish me luck. I need it.