What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage ?
Manual lymphatic drainage is a special form of massage that aims to drain lymph fluid from the affected body part or limb. If practiced regularly, it can help the body develop new pathways for fluid to drain from the affected part. With the use of long slow gentle strokes and / or pumping actions, various areas are “cleared” in order for fluids to be moved to an area where lymph nodes are healthy and functioning.
Treatments may need to be intensive in the early part of treatment and your therapist may show you self help massage techniques for you to continue your treatments at home.
Benefits of Lymphatic drainage Massage
- Increased lymph flow removes harmful substances from the tissues and increases immune function.
- Lymphatic massage can be useful in cases of edema, sports injury or for people experiencing a sluggish immune system or those suffering from a lack of energy.
- Lymphatic massage can help to unblock the lymph system by manually cleansing the lymph system in a clockwise fashion.
- Performing lymphatic massage correctly can stimulate the opening of the initial lymphatic and increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times.
- A strong immune system makes you feel balanced, happy and whole.
- As with most massage, it is vital to drink lots of water after a lymphatic massage to flush away toxins that have been released.
Lymphatic Massage – What can it be used for?
- Enhance the tissue regeneration process by keeping the tissue as healthy as possible
- To help healing and improve the scarring process by enhancing circulation and immunity.
- Increased lymph flow around the scar stimulates damaged lymph vessels to heal.
- Increased lymph flow draws away toxins improving the health of the tissues.
- In breast cancer cases. where the axiliary lymph nodes have been removed. Edema can sometimes develop in the arm.
- Frequent cold and flu infections
- Joint pain
- Headache and migraine
- Menstrual cramps
- Loss of appetite
- Mood irregularities
- To enhance the quality of the skin
- Sports injuries
- Post operative – Knee surgery
- Post liposuction
Lymphatic Massage – Is it Safe?
For the most part lymphatic drainage massage is safe. However as with all massage therapies there are some contra indications. For lymphatic massage specifically, these include acute inflammation, malignant tumors, thrombosis and major heart problems. To get the best results from a lymphatic massage, seek out a suitably trained and qualified therapist.
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