MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
This is a specialized form of massage that has powerful cleansing, relaxing, pain relieving & immunological effects. It is a gentle, flowing, rhythmic massage and can be applied to a wide range of physical conditions to great effect.
In today’s Western Culture Stress, Diet and lack of fluid intake can put strain on the lymphatic system with excess wastes, toxins and lack of fluid contributing to a sluggish lymphatic system. The result is a system which produces more waste and less energy and a self-perpetuating cycle begins. Patients can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage Massage as part of a detoxification program leading to improved energy and enhanced immunity.
Manual lymph drainage is extremely gentle and feels wonderfully relaxing. Most patients either fall asleep or go into a highly relaxed state, due to the slow, light, gentle rhythmic motions involved, which stimulate the movement of lymph through the lymph vessels.
What type of medical conditions can Manual Lymphatic Drainage benefit?
Manual Lymphatic drainage techniques facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules, and foreign substances from tissue via the initial lymph vessels . In addition it can help to relax the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response), reduces pain, and enhances the activity of the immune system.
It can be an effective treatment for a variety of issues including:
- Oedema (swelling)
- People who suffer with regular colds and Flu
- Skin disorders
- Sinus Congestion
- Stress / Anxiety
- Digestive Disorders
- Before and after surgery
- Post Mastectomy therapy
- Problem Skin and Cellulite
- Dysfunctional respiratory system
- Low energy
- Glandular Fever, ME, CFS
What are the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage massage?
- Facilitates general feeling of health and vitality
- Boosts the immune system to help the body ward off illness
- Improves appearance of skin, reduces puffiness, water retention especially during pregnancy and assists with poor circulation.
- Stimulates the lymphatic system, boosting the immunity
- Promotes the body's own healing mechanisms.
Post Cancer & Mastectomy Therapy
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specific massage technique which helps with the management of Lymphoedema.
Lymphoedema is chronic tissue swelling, often as a result of cancer or its treatment. For example, after mastectomy surgery, the lymphatic system will have been compromised and lymph nodes in the arm pits may also have been removed. This impedes the normal fluid drainage channels and results in lymph fluid collecting in an area causing swelling and pain.
Research has shown that 1 in 5 breast cancer patients will develop Lymphoedema of the arm. Unless this is treated the swelling can increase and eventually become very difficult to manage. Although Lymphoedema cannot be completely cured, manual lymphatic drainage is an important therapy for treating this condition.
Ultimately it aims to clear blockages so that excess fluids will be pushed out of the affected areas – Manual Lymphatic Drainage also aims to prevent fluids accumulating again.