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.
Chronic lymphedema is a long-term condition often presenting as swelling in the extremities. If you are suffering from chronic lymphedema, you should be working with your doctor, in addition to a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), to develop a protocol to manage your condition. Lymphatic massage is just one part of treating chronic lymphedema. If you are experiencing any of the following, please obtain your doctor’s permission before scheduling lymphatic massage:
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.
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. Similarly, some migraineurs show improvement with the addition of this type of work.
Many people say that Lymphatic Massage “flushes toxins” out of the body. We kind of hate this phrase as inaccurate marketing speak. 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.
Although we offer lymphatic massage for the aforementioned needs, we do not currently offer Lipossage or Complete Decongestive Therapy for advanced lymphedema management.
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):
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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