Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
What is the Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Lymphatic Drainage massage is a gentle full body massage that is specifically focuses on the relaxation of the lymph tissue in the body and to improve the lymph flow. Therapists work with flat hands, using light, rhythmic, circular motion and constant movement techniques to manoeuvre the activation of lymph and interstitial fluid circulation, stimulate the lymph system to work more efficiently. At the same time, it removes harmful substances, and stimulates the functioning of the immune and nervous systems.
What are the benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Massage has positive effects on Lymph drainage. It is believed that the effects of massage are equal to the circulatory effects produced by the contraction of muscles. Appropriated strokes and drainage techniques can help with the movement of Lymph. Massage has been shown to be particularly effective in:
- Helping to stimulate the opening of the initial lymphatic and increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times.
- Increasing the formation and return of lymph through contraction of the lymphatic vessels as a result of mechanical stress.
- Stimulating and increasing lymphocyte production and eventually enhances the immune functionality of the body. It is most effective in people with sluggish immune systems.
- Helping manage sports injuries, clear internal debris and help with the tissue regeneration process. This will enhance the healing process and improves tissue health.
- Helping with the healing of scars as the toxins are removed at increased rates as a result of enhanced circulation and immunity.
It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results can be:
- Reduction in oedemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of various origins
- Detoxification of the body
- Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
- Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
- Relief of chronic pain, joint pain and arthritis
- Reduce anxiety, relief depression, mood irregularities
- Reduce frequent flu and colds.
- Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
- Anti-spastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, and loss of vitality and loss of memory
- Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
- Anti-aging effects
It becomes essential for people who have problems with their body’s drainage system.
What can it be used for?
(1) Lymphatic massage has been used for years to enhance the quality of the skin.
It aids the increase of lymph flow. When the lymph is flowing as it should, cells are bathed in fresh fluid making the skin look fresh and alive.
(2) Lymphatic massage is also useful for people with sports injuries.
a. When applied after neuromuscular massage, lymphatic massage helps to clear the tissue of debris and reduce the minor oedema.
b. Repeated lymphatic massage whilst healing from a sports injury can help to enhance the tissue regeneration process by keeping the tissue as healthy as possible.
(3) lymphatic massage can also help the scarring process by enhancing circulation and immunity.
a. Increased lymph flow around the scar stimulates damaged lymph vessels to heal.
b. Increased lymph flow draws away toxins improving the health of the tissues.
(4) lymph drainage massage is in breast cancer cases.
Women who have had axillary lymph nodes removed sometimes develop edema in their arm. As long as there is only minor swelling, a massage therapist with a good knowledge of contraindication and some specific techniques can do a great amount of good.