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Friday, 27 July 2012 10:19

Treatment Spotlight: Lymphatic Drainage Massage

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a relaxing massage treatment designed to eliminate the stagnation of fluid after surgery and to assist in the healing process. The post-operation treatment phase is focused on soothing and healing your body and skin. All post-op procedures are designed to comfort and speed the recovery process. Treatments should promote the body’s natural healing abilities and nurture patients through the process leaving patients feeling renewed.

What is the Lymphatic System?

The Lymphatic system is certainly one of the most important systems of the human body.  It has a number of important functions from helping to balance fluid, and distributing immune cells throughout the body to maintain health and defend against disease. This system also rids tissues of excess proteins and toxins, as well as helps to repair damage in injured tissues.

The Lymphatic system lacks a pumping vessel, like the heart pumps blood for the circulatory system, so it relies on other factors such as muscle contraction, movement, pressure changes, external massage, and even gravity to move fluid throughout the body. That’s why lymphatic drainage massage is such an effective treatment.

How Does It Work?

Manual lymph drainage (MLD®) was devised by Dr Emil Vodder in the 1930s; today it is used by estheticians, massage therapists, and aromatherapists.  A good practitioner is a massage therapist who has graduated from an accredited college, or a licensed esthetician who is certified in Manual lymph drainage (MLD®). Lymphatic Drainage Massage works upon lymph vessels and glands to stimulate elimination of fluids in the tissues (also known as edemas) and to improve a quicker flow of body fluids. It supports the natural impulse of the body to purify and rebuild tissues and organs, perfect for post-operation patients!

Feeling cold, stress, overexertion, and poor nutrition are conditions which make blood and lymph stagnate. Through lymph drainage the body is able to eliminate toxins more quickly.  Also, when the lymph circulates normally, the skin and body regenerate themselves and heal particularly well. By massaging the excess fluid found post-surgery, bruising, and swelling is lessened in patients.

Research has proven its efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies. Check with your doctor or certified therapist about Lymphatic Drainage massage.