You may have noticed that I offer a form of massage called manual lymphatic drainage. Here is some information about what it is and the benefits of a manual lymphatic drainage massage.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. It is so gentle you may even fall asleep during the treatment.
The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues (sometimes referred to as the body’s waste disposal system). Most lymphatic vessels and nodes are located just underneath the surface of the skin whilst others are located deep inside the body, such as the abdominal region. Some health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up. Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit people with lymphoedema, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.
The Benefits of a Lymphatic Drainage Massage
While the heart continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system relies on the movement of muscles to transport fluid through the lymph vessels.
Health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs, where it can cause swelling.
People can develop lymphatic swelling as a result of infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, and any condition that damages the lymphatic system.
Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system.
Who can benefit?
Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit people who are experiencing the following:
• swelling or oedema
• skin disorders
• digestive problems
• migraine episodes
The authors of a 2015 systematic review (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1356689X14001829) concluded that lymphatic massage might be more effective than connective tissue massage in relieving symptoms of stiffness and depression in people living with fibromyalgia.
Who should not have Lymphatic Drainage Massage
People should not have a lymphatic massage if they have congestive heart failure, blood clots, kidney problems, infections, or circulation problems. If you have any medical conditions, you should talk to your doctor before trying a lymphatic massage.
How do you know if it is working?
People who use lymphatic drainage massages may notice that their swelling reduces. At the very least, swelling should not worsen.
People who have lymphoedema and other chronic swelling issues should continue using compression socks or sleeves to prevent swelling.
Those who use lymphatic massages to treat fibromyalgia might experience less stiffness and pain and also notice improvements in their overall health status.
People can also boost their lymphatic system function and help remove more waste from the body by using the following methods:
• drink plenty of water
• stay physically active
• eat vegetables and fruits
• limit the intake of processed foods
Lymphatic drainage massage techniques to help reduce swelling and improve circulation. A properly functioning lymphatic system is essential for overall health and even boots your immune response.
People who think that they could benefit from a lymphatic drainage massage can book an appointment online with Marion Connors, select Remedial Massage/Myotherapy option https://www.bordernaturaltherapies.com.au/