Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Allows for the proper function of the lymphatic system is critical to our body's ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. It is a complex system comprised primarily of lymph vessels and nodes working in cooperation to accomplish these tasks. Unlike the circulatory system, which uses the pumping of the heart to circulate its blood flow. lymph vessels rely upon hundreds of tiny muscular units (lymphanogions) contracting throughout the body to propel lymph flow.
How does it work?
Lymphatic drainage is a hands-on technique designed to attain and sustain proper functioning of the human fluid system. The process involves the use of gentle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of body fluids. While the exact amount of pressure applied depends on the area and pathology involved, it usually equates to very little pressure. Using this technique. trained therapists are able to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. From there they can use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping of the vessels to assess the overall direction of alternate pathways for draining lymph and other body fluids.
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The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Due to the nature and role of the lymphatic system, LDT can prove beneficial in the correction of numerous conditions as well as in preventive health maintenance. This is why you'll find a wide range of practitioners using LDT. Among them are medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, doctors of chiropractic, physical therapists, occupational therapists, naturopaths, nurses, lymphedema specialists, massage therapists, and other body workers.
Below some of the benefits of LDT.
- Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of many origins
- Relief of chronic and sub-acute inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies
- Immune system stimulation for preventive and therapeutic effects
- Regeneration of tissue, (from burns and pre/post surgical scaring) and anti-aging effects
- Detoxification of the body
- Relief of chronic pain
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality, and loss of memory
- Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as voluntary or involuntary muscle hypertonus
- Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
- Advanced techniques for fascia, viscera and joints
What Can I Expect From a Session?
A lymphatic massage session for women who develop lymphedema after surgery for breast cancer starts with light massage on the surface of the skin of the neck. The therapist gently rubs, strokes, taps or pushes the skin in directions that follow the structure of the lymphatic system so that accumulated lymph fluid can drain through proper channels. Lymphatic drainage is very gentle, is not painful and doesn’t have a stimulating effect. Each session lasts from 45 to 60 minutes, and therapy usually is performed once a day four or five times a week for two to four weeks. One study showed that the greatest reduction in swelling from lymphedema occurs in the first week of treatment and stabilizes during the second week.
Are there any side effects or conditions where lymphatic massage should be avoided?
The National Lymphedema Network lists four circumstances under which lymphatic massage or drainage should be avoided:
- When patients who have developed lymphedema after surgery experience a sudden, marked increase in localized swelling. Under these circumstances, patients are advised to stop treatment and to see their physicians for evaluation as soon as possible.
- Patients with a sudden onset of lymphangitis (an infection) should immediately discontinue treatment until the infection is treated and completely clears up. Patients who are at increased risk for blood clotting should be tested to rule out deep-venous thrombosis before being treated. During treatment, these patients should be followed closely, and testing should be performed on a regular basis.
- Patients who have congestive heart failure must be monitored closely to avoid moving too much fluid too quickly, which could put a strain on the heart.
- When pain is present, treatment should be discontinued until the underlying cause has been determined and the pain subsides.
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