Manual lymphatic drainage is a fluid technique that involves light, skin stretching and joint movements which allows for previously built up toxins in the body to filter through the lymph nodes. The main purpose of the lymphatic system is to help eliminate all of the body’s waste in an effort to keep us functioning in a healthy state. A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural movements of smooth muscle tissue to promote this toxin filtration. However, when a limb or specific area in the body begins to have characteristics of swelling, which is primarily called lymphedema, it is one of the main indicators of a poor functioning lymphatic system and can be a signal for the need of outside help. This is where we come in.
Manual lymphatic drainage is beneficial to many different people struggling with inflammation and swelling within the body. Due to lymphedema being a result of injury, such as a sprain, strain or tear, lymphatic drainage can be beneficial to an injured person. Post-surgical patients with healing scars or cancer patients experiencing extensive amounts of radiation can also see a decrease of inflammation through this treatment. People who also live with the often debilitating condition of Fibromyalgia can benefit greatly from this treatment.
Manual lymphatic drainage feels different than a traditional massage due to the fact that it does not focus on the manipulation of muscles but, instead, joints. Through pumping movements of the joints, the lymph capillaries collect unnecessary fluid. Along with passive joint movement, you can expect to feel very light and superficial strokes applied with the intention of directing lymphatic flow for detoxification. The reason for light pressure is because the lymphatic system lies right underneath the skin. If too much pressure is applied the lymph capillaries will collapse and therefore not be effective in collecting excess waste. In this case, the heavier the pressure, the less effective this treatment will be. Proper circulation and functioning lymphatic system is essential for overall health and necessary in achieving your best life.
If this sounds like a treatment you or a loved one may benefit from, please call our office to schedule your appointment today.