Light and rhythmic, lymphatic massage, also known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage, feels relaxing while it does its work. Instead of targeting the muscular system like in a typical massage, the therapist focuses on the surface layers right below the skin to draw the lymphatic fluid towards the lymph nodes. At the lymph nodes, the immune system checks everything out to keep the body safe and healthy.
A full body lymphatic massage can help the body prepare for surgery.
After surgery, a series of sessions can support your healing process. At first, sessions will target any swelling or bruising. The therapist will work with a very light pressure to pull the swelling fluid through the lymphatic system so that you eliminate it naturally. We do not push fluid to drains or incision sites. Many people also feel an ease in pain and stiffness post-massage.
As healing progresses, we can help realign scar tissue that forms after your procedure. We work with clients undergoing orthopedic or plastic surgery.
Many people find this style of massage helpful for relieving sinus pressure. Especially those looking for natural ways to find comfort. Lymphatic massage to the face and head can help get things moving. Used alone, or integrated into a therapeutic massage, this technique can help provide some temporary relief.
Chronic Pain & Illness
Some research indicates that lymphatic massage can ease stiffness in people who have fibromyalgia. Its gentle nature makes it a good fit for those who don’t tolerate a lot of pressure. People who have Rheumatoid Arthritis may benefit from work around their affected joints. Similarly, some migraineurs show improvement with the addition of this type of work.
Lipedema & Dercum’s Disease
People who have these fat disorders often seek out Lymphatic Massage for symptom relief. Swelling, pain, and inflammation often accompany these conditions; all of which may have some improvement. Many people with lipedema go on to develop lymphedema, so working with a lymphatic care provider can be doubly helpful. Unfortunately, Lymphatic Massage does not universally help people with these conditions but it is one option with potential.
Lymphedema (LE) is a lifelong condition that develops when the lymphatic system is damaged or malformed. Some people are born with it (primary lymphedema) and some people develop it after damage to the system (secondary lymphedema). Lymphedema sometimes develops after cancer treatment, like lymph node radiation or removal, even many years after the fact. It can also develop after chronic vein issues, trauma, or other surgeries.
Nimbus has Certified Lymphedema Therapists on staff who understand LE and can help people manage their swelling. Lymphatic Massage may not be appropriate for all people who have lymphedema depending on their whole picture of health, so we may request medical clearance in some cases. We are currently accepting clients who have Stage 1 & 2 lymphedema.
Many people say that Lymphatic Massage “flushes toxins” out of the body. We kind of hate this phrase as inaccurate marketing speak. If someone is healthy, the system constantly works to keep itself in balance. However, lymphatic massage was developed to enhance the body’s natural ability to process fluid, foreign bodies, and cellular waste through the immune system; and also manage swelling. So, it can speed/support the body’s natural processes.
When not to get a lymphatic massage
Lymphatic massage uses the body’s own circulatory and urinary systems to help process cellular waste. Some medical conditions cause increased stress these systems, and due to increased risk for complications, we are unable to perform lymphatic massage if you have any of the following (you may be able to receive other types of massage – please consult your medical care provider) :
Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system)
Undergoing active cancer treatment
Acute congestive heart failure
Arterial insufficiency or other arterial condition
Acute renal kidney failure
DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
Cellulitis or other bacterial infection
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