Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Raine Edwards offers a form of massage called Manual Lymphatic Drainage, it’s a gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. Some health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up.

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.

Who can benefit?

Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit people who are experiencing any of the following: rheumatoid arthritis, lymphoedema, fibromyalgia, swelling or oedema, fatigue, insomnia, arthritis, migraine, skin disorders, before and after surgeries, oedema in later stages of pregnancy. It can also strengthen immune system function.

Lymphatic drainage massage techniques provide these benefits by helping to reduce swelling and improve circulation, freeing up connective tissue thereby reducing stiffness.

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.

Information on the Lymphatic System

While the heart continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system relies on the movement of muscles to transport fluid from body tissues through the lymph vessels via a one-way channel to return this fluid to the blood stream. The lymph typically moves from lymphatic vessels to lymph trunks, collecting ducts and ultimately into the subclavian veins.

Lymph is very similar to blood plasma, in that it contains waste products and cellular debris, together with bacteria and proteins and damaged cells. Vessels carry the lymph throughout the body, passing through numerous lymph nodes which filter out these unwanted materials, providing the other main function of this system which is immune defense.

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.

Blocked nodes need to be released, so your system can get rid of the accumulated toxins and other waste material. A properly functioning lymphatic system is essential for overall health and your immune system.

How do you know if it is working?

A feeling of general wellness, less oedema, more energy, better sleep, less stiffness and joint pain!

Those who use lymphatic massages to treat fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis might experience less stiffness and pain and also notice improvements in their overall health status.

People who have lymphoedema and other chronic swelling issues should continue using compression socks or sleeves to prevent swelling.


Post Treatment

You can boost the 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

Available treatments

90 min – full body lymphatic

60 min – Maintenance and specific body areas with lymphoedema

People who think they could benefit from a lymphatic drainage massage can book an appointment online with Raine Edwards or call the clinic on 02 6024 5814 

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