Lymphatic drainage is a special massage technique that is meant to attain and sustain the proper function of the lymph system. The Lymphatic vessels are less than 1mm in diameter, so the technique of the lymphatic drainage must be done slowly and gently. The application must be strong enough to not glide over the skin; instead, stretch the skin gently in the desired drainage direction. The techniques must never be so strong (less than 9 ounces per square inch) as to compress the lymphatic vessels.
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage
The Lymphatic drainage works to recirculate body fluids and stimulate function of the immune system. Resulting in
- Reduction of swelling
- Regeneration of tissues (e.g., from burns and pre & post-surgical scarring).
- Immune system stimulation.
- Reduction of symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
- Pain relief.
- Deep relaxation to counteract insomnia, depression and stress.
- Treatment and control of lymphedema.
What should I do and how will I feel after the session?
There are several physical and mental responses that may be experienced after the treatment:
- The body may feel clean, light, and pure.
- The mind may be clear, sharp, and expanded.
- Some joints may spontaneously “adjust” themselves as the reduction in fluid allows for better alignment.
- Sometimes, as toxins are released, patients may briefly feel sluggishness, nausea, muscle aches, pain and fatigue. These symptoms do not last and are a sign of health restoration.
- Possible temporary increase in urination and bowel movements.
- Increased sweat.
- Deeper and more restful sleep. Maybe want a nap during the day.
- Sinus and ear drainage.
- Reductions in swelling and headaches.
These are signs your body is releasing toxins. Staying hydrated and eating light and healthy food is recommended. Toxin release is natural process and the discomfort doesn’t last long.
Lymphatic drainage promotes tissue regeneration, so it reduces the formation and severity of scars that may be painful or unpleasant to look at. Treatment can begin as soon as 24 hours after surgery, with the doctor’s approval who will see to it that there are no contra-indications.
It takes between seven and ten days for the natural and functional continuity of the lymphatic vessels to be re-established. Perhaps the most significant benefit of applying lymphatic drainage post surgically is to prevent or alleviate edema or swelling. Swelling can cause pain and create a predisposition to infection.
One to three treatment sessions are recommended. Benefits may include:
- Preparation of tissue for surgery.
- Reduces edema and swelling; it may allow surgery to be scheduled sooner.
- Stimulation of the immune system.
- Induces a state of relaxation.
As soon as 24 hours after surgery benefits may include:
- Reduction in post-surgical edema or swelling.
- Diminishing pain.
- Stimulates fluid circulation.
- Stimulates the immune system and helps prevent post-surgical infections.
- Improves skin regeneration and wound healing and optimizes the scarring process