Cellulitis is a diffuse inflammation of deep tissues of the skin and the muscle characterized by symptoms like swollen, red and warm skin, fever, chills, headache, rapid heart rate and body aches. While it usually occurs in the skin on the face and the lower legs, any part of the body with skin that has previously been broken by cracks, cuts, surgeries and the like, are susceptible to the disease.
Since cellulitis is caused by bacteria like Streptococcus and Staphylococcus penetrating through the skin, the typical treatment is antibiotics such as penicillin, flucloxacillin or dicloxacillin depending on how severe the case is. Massage and acupuncture, alongside the intake of supplements like Vitamin C, is also employed to boost the immune system leading to a faster recovery.
This article will focus on how to use massage as a treatment to cellulitis. The premise in using massage, together with warm compress and exercise, to heal cellulitis is that it promotes the lymph drainage, thereby removing the bacteria that have entered your body. Moreover, since cellulitis can also be caused by poor bad circulation, a massage can optimize the blood flow in the area of the disease.
- Consult with your doctor. It is best to treat your cellulitis under the strict directions of your doctor. Do not decide things for yourself and let your doctor know if you would like to make use of the massage treatment for your cellulitis. As a rule of thumb, you should not use alternative treatments like massage if there is an active infection present in the area of the skin.
- Find an experienced massage therapist. You can ask your friends for recommendations but it is still best to ask your doctor for some experienced therapists that he might know.
- Get a massage. The focus of the massage should be on the diseased area. It is also best that the oil used in the massage is virgin coconut oil, or other oils that are known to have healing effects.
- Discontinue the use of massage if the cellulitis is worsening. In case of an increased redness and swelling after the massage, it is best to discontinue the treatment and tell your doctor about what happened. In case of fever and chills, seek emergency medical attention.
- Visit your doctor regularly. Once in every two weeks, a visit to the doctor would be sufficient to ensure that your disease has no complications.
- Drink supplements. Alongside the massage, you should also drink heavy doses of supplements like vitamin C, D, E and Zinc. The presence of these supplements in your body can hasten the regeneration of your skin, thereby making your recovery faster. Moreover, these supplements will strengthen your immunity against diseases and toxins.
Again, it is very important to note that using massage, and any alternative methods, to treat cellulitis, can be harmful for you if it is not under the direction of the doctor. Prior to taking any alternative treatments, consult with a licensed doctor and ask if the treatment will be beneficial for your case.