LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE
Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) enhances the lymphatic system by stimulating the flow of water throughout the body and especially the nodes, which filter excess toxins and proteins. LDM also enhances the immune system. This type of massage is very light in nature, about the weight of a nickel, but is highly effective for relieving the retention or blockage of the water in the body from filtering properly. Many surgeons refer patients for this treatment for pre and post surgeries or liposuction to help reduce the swelling and minimize lymphedema, scar tissue or fibrosis.
Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle, light-touch, noninvasive technique that offers qualified therapists a natural complement to their existing health care protocols. Within the context of breast care, LDT can help alleviate numerous conditions related to pregnancy, including engorgement, sore nipples (transient, chronic), plugged ducts, wounds, fissures, ulcerations, bruises and dermatitis (eczema). This therapy also can provide relief from chronic inflammation and pre- and post-surgical applications, and can be used for cosmetic applications, such as mastoptosis (sagging of the breast), scars and traumas.
Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluid that can collect in any body part, but most typically in arms or legs. It usually occurs when the lymph vessels or lymph nodes are blocked or removed. The lymphatic system is part of the body’s circulatory system and a vital part of the immune system. The lymphatic system runs parallel with the veins and removes cellular waste, bacteria, proteins and excess water from the tissues. The lymphatic system is also the prime vehicle for the immune system, managing foreign bodies and immune cells.
When lymph nodes or pathways are insufficient, damaged or removed through surgery, lymph fluid cannot progress through the body. Thus, the surrounding tissue swells, thickens and becomes painful. Bacteria in this environment can multiply and greatly increase the risk of infection. Fibrosis (excess connective tissue growth) can occur causing stiffness, and limiting movement and range of motion. LDT massage stimulates nearby lymphatic channels to allow flow of fluid from the affected area.