What Is Retrograde Massage

Occupational therapists frequently employ retrograde massage to ease edema, especially in the hands. Manually transferring fluid from the tips of the fingers back toward the heart for re-absorption into the bloodstream makes up the massage.

Use a retrograde massage when?

Describe the retrograde massage. To relieve edema that has accumulated after an injury, utilize retrograde massage. By rubbing from your fingertips toward your wrist and forearm, you can progressively lessen swelling. Start by placing the hand that is having trouble above the heart.

What conditions should not be massaged retrogradely?


  • Understand the cause of the swelling. Verify that the edema is not being caused by anything other than immobility, such as a DVT.
  • Know your heart’s health conditions.
  • Know your lymphatic system.

Will hand massage alleviate edema?

Reverse Massage: Massage can help with edema reduction. Use a moisturizing lotion with a water base to gently massage. Start by massaging all of your fingers in a single direction, beginning at the tips. After that, massage the back of your hand, forearm, and elbow, finishing with the top of your palm and the spaces between your fingers.

How long should you massage the retrograde limbs?

  • Raise your hand so that it is above elbow and heart level.
  • Give a daily dose for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • When a therapist is not accessible, teach the patient’s family members how to administer the medication.
  • To lessen friction, apply a lubricant or moisturizer.
  • Maintain a neutral wrist/hand position.
  • Massage both the front and back of the hand, starting at the tips and extending toward the elbow.

Why do my hands get bigger when I get a massage?

Similar to exercise, massage pushes blood into your muscles, giving nutrients and expelling waste. This procedure can momentarily worsen inflammation (the body’s attempt to heal the injured area). This swelling may make you feel uncomfortable.

Typically, inflammation and pain endure from a few hours to a day and a half. The same remedies you use to soothe painful muscles after working out may also help soothe soreness following a massage.

Effective massage doesn’t have to hurt. Many massage therapists have received training in a variety of pressure and timing-based approaches. Please speak out if a technique doesn’t feel helpful to you and instead just feels painful. We can change things. We might be able to spot a problem location, but we can’t feel how painful you are.

How can fluid buildup on your hands be removed?

A number of conditions, such as arthritis, injuries, such as fractured bones, or even just a hot day, can cause swollen fingers. It can make you feel uncomfortable and/or prevent you from fully moving your fingers because it is the body’s natural healing response to extra fluid and blood in the fingertips. Although it occasionally hurts, swollen fingers are common and can be treated at home.

Try the following techniques to lessen finger swelling:

  • Keep your arm or hand raised. Gravity will hold the additional liquid in your hand as long as you keep your hand lowered. By raising your hand or arm, you can encourage the fluid to return to your body and lessen swelling. Keep doing this as long as necessary.
  • Put ice on the injured region.
  • Put on a compressive bandage or splint. Avoid applying too firmly. The fluid will be massaged back into the body as a result.
  • Use pain relievers that reduce inflammation, such as ibuprofen. For those who suffer from arthritis, this is extremely beneficial.

To assist in pumping fluid back into your body, be sure to move your hand and fingers frequently. After attempting the aforementioned remedies, if your swelling does not go down, speak with a hand specialist as soon as you can. An infection could be the cause of your swelling. Don’t wait to get treatment if there is persistent swelling because it may cause long-term stiffness or possibly nerve damage.

In the morning, do fingers have reduced swelling?

In the morning, swollen hands may be more obvious. Overnight lying still can lead to fluid retention in the hand tissues, which might result in edema.

Starting the day by stretching the hands and arms can promote fluid circulation. Here are some simple exercise examples you could try:

  • Hold the stance for a few seconds while extending both arms toward the ceiling and above the head.
  • Slowly tracing circles in the air with the wrists while holding the arms out straight in front of the body.
  • Repeat the motion five times, or however many times you feel comfortable, by gently clenching your fingers into a fist and then releasing them.

How can the fluid in my wrist be reduced?

Inflammation or irritation of the bursae, which are tiny fluid-filled sacs positioned between bone, muscle, tendons, and skin that lubricate the joint to reduce friction, rubbing, and irritation, results in wrist bursitis.

The ulnar bursa and the radial bursa are two of the bursae that can be found in the wrist. The wrist moves easily and painlessly when they are functioning properly. Wrist pain can be brought on by swelling and inflammation that come from an accumulation of extra fluid in the bursa sac.

The most common causes of bursitis are recurrent friction and misuse of the joint, though it can also be brought on by a sudden impact. People who play sports like baseball, badminton, and tennis, which frequently involve throwing or wrist twisting movements, are more likely to experience it.

The wrist will swell, the tendons will be painful, and the wrist will hurt when you press on the bursa or bend it backward.

Most wrist bursitis instances can be resolved without surgery by using conservative measures including rest, ice or cold therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, and compression bandages to help with swelling.

What is forbidden during a massage?

To get the most out of your therapy, keep these in mind.

  • Don’t #1: Forget to hydrate yourself.
  • Don’t #2: Wait to take a shower.
  • Don’t #3: Take a hot water shower.
  • Don’t #4: Eat a Big Meal Right After a Massage.
  • Don’t #5: Don’t go outside or engage in any strenuous activity.
  • Here are some general guidelines for after-massage care.

The kidneys may be harmed by deep tissue massage.

If the liver or kidneys are not operating correctly, massage might place more strain on both organs. This happens as a result of massage’s increased blood flow, which accelerates the removal of waste from the body. It is likely that massage won’t be suitable for you if you have a health issue with your kidneys or liver. Consult a medical expert to determine whether massage will worsen any renal or liver conditions.