What is it?
Lymphatic Drainage (pronounced drainah-hge, like massage) is a therapeutic method that uses massage-like manipulations to stimulate lymph movement. Lymph is the plasma-like fluid that maintains the body’s fluid balance and removes bacteria. Combined with other techniques of complete decongestive physiotherapy, it is used to treat Lymphatic drainage.
Lymphatic drainage lymphedema, swelling in the limbs caused by lymph accumulation. The lymphatic system consist of glands, such as the tonsils, the spleen and the small glands in the armpits, at various parts of the body linked by large lymph channels. The lymph glands purpose is to filter out and destroy toxins, bacteria, viruses, germs, to produce antibodies and lymphatic cells for the lymph system. This is the biggest system your body has in defending itself from illnesses and diseases.
What are the benefits of Lymphatic Drainage?
Lymphatic drainage is said to beneficially effect the nervous, immune and muscular systems. Its primary purpose is the treatment of lymphedema, a condition that causes unattractive swelling of arms and legs and creates an environment ripe for infection.
Those who decide to relax with lymphatic drainage should be prepared to feel a little off-kilter following a massage. (Like a post-party hangover, studies shows drinking lots of water is key!)
Healing After Surgery
According to MassageTherapy.com, lymph drainage massages can help with healing after surgery. This type of massage regenerates tissues to reduce scarring at surgical incision sites. Lymph drainage massages also reduce swelling and detoxify the body, according to the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators. The alliance’s website states that lymph drainage massages help speed regeneration of tissues and cells. The massages shouldn’t be done right after surgery; instead, a person should wait at least 6 weeks before getting one, or until a doctor clears the patient for massage.
A lymph massage is also recommended by practitioners just before surgery to make sure that the lymphatic system remains clear. A lymphatic massage is also recommended after surgery like tummy tuck, mastectomy, breast enlargement, smart lipo and facelift to bring a reduction to the swelling.
Reasons for Poor Lymphatic Flow
Poor lifestyle choices are the commonest causes of an inefficient lymphatic system, though they are certainly not the only ones.
Lack of exercise – lymphatic fluid needs muscle power to push it round the body
Poor diet – may increase congestion and produce more waste for the lymph to pick up and dispose of
Surgery and trauma
Recurrent tonsillitis, colds
Hormonal and emotional imbalances
Major Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage
Every part of the body is influenced by the lymphatic system, because no matter what the purpose of the cells, they all need nourishing and cleaning.
It’s important in immunity, inflammation and healing in general, so an efficient lymphatic system is going to help in many areas. Lymphatic drainage is a way to achieve that efficiency.
Skin care: For a clearer complexion and to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in facial tissue, as well as reducing puffiness around the eyes.
Old scar tissue can be reduced while the appearance of new scars can be minimized. It’s commonly used before and after cosmetic surgery.
Detox: At the end of winter, or after a period of high stress, the body will really benefit from lymphatic drainage, to reduce the sluggishness brought on by too many starchy, high fat foods and too little exercise.
Headache: Most headaches including sinusitis have a component of congestion that responds well to lymphatic drainage. Once tissue is decongested, blocked fluid and blood flow improve, reducing pain and discomfort.
Promote healing: After surgery or injury, the tissue may be swollen and sore. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle treatment that will help drain the tissue, reduce inflammation and improve healing.
Pregnancy and after: There is often fluid retention in pregnant women and lymphatic drainage can improve comfort especially in legs and feet. Breast feeding will be enhanced by this treatment, especially when there are problems with blocked ducts and sore tight breasts.
Reduce swelling: After long periods of immobility such as air travel or lessened mobility, fluid tends to stagnate in the tissue making it puffy and tender.
Conditions such as arthritis often have joints that are congested with fluid. All of these respond well when fluid is reduced with lymphatic drainage.
Relaxation: Because it is such a gentle treatment, it is one of the most relaxing. And the relaxation is enhanced as the cleansing and rejuvenating effects relieve stress.
Massage and lymphatic System
A lymph massage encourages a release of toxic build up in the body and is ideal for general immune stimulation. Typically a lymph massage will focus on the upper body, including the face, neck, and arms. The strokes of the massage are generally in the direction of lymphatic flow to encourage drainage.
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