Lymphatic Drainage Massage
What is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a treatment to help increase the circulation of lymph fluids throughout the body. It is a technique using very light manual pressure and gentle strokes to manipulate and aid in the lymph flow through your system.
It’s much more than massage therapy! Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a technique developed by Dr. Bruno Chikly, where practitioners are able to identify the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow. This particular style of manual lymph drainage with very light and gentle touch moves and manipulates fluid and lymph. It is also an extremely relaxing and calming treatment.
It is very important to do lymphatic drainage regularly to promote better circulation and regulate our immune system
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage good for?
Lymphatic drainage massage helps the body to
- Reduce swelling
- Increase blood and lymph circulation
- Boost the immune system
It is also commonly used in the management of
- Post surgery swelling
- Muscular strains and sprains
- Burns and scarring
- Fluid retention
What is the Lymph and Lymphatic System?
The lymph is a protein-rich fluid that flows through your body in lymph vessels. Your lymph system helps to fight infections or viruses. It does so by collecting toxins, like bacteria, viruses and waste, and flushing them out via the 400-700 lymph nodes distributed throughout the body, while transporting oxygen and nutrients to other cells. These lymph nodes are also responsible for producing lymphocytes (white blood cells), one of your main immune cells to maintain your immune system. While the heart continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system requires movement from muscles and manual manipulation to be pumped around the body.
Health conditions can interrupt the regular flow of lymph. This results in lymph fluid to build up and get congested in a particular area of the body and causes swelling or lymphedema. One can develop lymphedema from infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes and any other condition that damages the lymphatic system.
Yes. There’s many benefits of Lymph drainage therapy. While boosting the immune system, manual lymphatic drainage decreases your chances of suffering minor colds and viruses and helps the body fight off infection, as well as speed up healing and recovery from illnesses. LDT also drains toxins and protein-rich fluids, reducing fluid retention. Lymphedema drainage can also reduce pain and muscle spasm and last but not least, helps with relaxation.