What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage? Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle, light-touch, non-invasive technique that can treat specific conditions, complement existing healthcare protocols, or as a relaxing massage treatment. It is a style of bodywork that is designed to promote the free flow of lymph throughout the body. Lymphatic drainage is distinctly different from another type of massage, which generally uses strokes that manipulate the soft tissues of the body( muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, joints, or connective tissues) in that it is mainly concerned with the flow of lymph in the superficial lymph vessels just below the surface of the skin. The lymphatic system is responsible for the optimum functioning of fluid circulation. Therefore, it plays an important part in maximizing our rejuvenation and establishing resistance to stress and disease.
Main Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymph drainage massage has many benefits. It stimulates the circulation of lymph and blood, moving tissues fluid from the tissues into lymph vessels. Lymph vessels carry lymph and its contents through the lymph nodes, where the fluid is purified. Eventually, purified lymph fluid is returned to blood circulation.
In this process, toxins such as microorganisms, microscopic particles, metabolic waste, and chemicals are removed from tissues. Proteins are also removed from tissues and are returned to blood circulation, preventing protein buildup in the tissues, which leads to chronic inflammation.
Increased lymph flow helps distribute immune cells throughout the body, reducing infection and speeding the healing of inflammation.
Deep abdominal lymph massage reduces constipation and abdominal pain, helps restore intestinal peristalsis, relaxes adhesions in the abdomen, improves the motility of abdominal organs, and improves breathing. All of this helps stimulate the deep circulation of lymph.
The Most Promising Benefits
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is very effective in reducing edema. However, it is important to know the cause of edema before processing. Edema can be a simple problem due to inactivity, hormonal changes, diet, or scarred tissues. Scar tissues can result from injuries, surgery, radiation, or infections. Edema is sometimes a side effect of medical treatment, such as steroids.
Edema can be a symptom of more serious conditions aggravated by massage. Anyone who has chronic edema and does not know the cause should consult a physician to rule out serious health problems before receiving LDM.
Soft Tissues Injury
In the case of soft tissues injury, LDM speeds healing and reduces swelling. For minor injuries that are healing, massage is safe. During the acute phase of the injury, lymph drainage massage can begin draining the swelling around the injured area, reducing scarring and removing metabolic waste. Serious injuries should be examined by a doctor before the massage to rule out the body’s serious underlying damage, which could be exacerbated by massage. A good rule of thumb is to have the client evaluate the amount of pain they are experiencing and whether the injury is healing and the pain is decreasing. If the pain is severe, or if the pain is increasing rather than decreasing as time passes, a massage therapist should refer the client to a physician for evaluation. After appropriate medical treatment, LDM helps to speed healing, reduce inflammation and pain, and improve scars.
Sluggish Immune System
Frequent colds and allergies are indications for getting LDM therapy. Healthy adults should resist most mild illnesses to which they are exposed. If a client is frequently ill with minor illness and recover slowly, and a medical evaluation hasn’t uncovered any serious health problem, The immune system may be sluggish. In that case, LDM will stimulate the white blood cells through the lymphatic system and potentially improve the condition. Encourage a client who is frequently ill with minor illness to have LDM regularly, daily, if possible, for a week, or at least once a week for three months. It was for this kind of condition that Dr. Vodder originally developed a lymph drainage massage.
Relieves Stress and Tension
Stress triggers the sympathetic nervous system, the well-known fight-or-flight state, arousing all the body’s defenses; chemicals like adrenaline are secreted into the bloodstream, causing muscles to tense. Heart and respiratory rates increase, organ function decreases, and the immune system is suppressed. Chronic stress results in chronic “racing “of the human system, resulting in stress on internal organs and functions and decreased disease resistance. In the long run, physical and mental reactions to stress can contribute to degenerative disease. Massage, especially LDM, triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which affects the body. muscles relax, heart and breathing rate decrease, and clients move into an exhausted state of relaxation that promotes healing and balance.
Relieves Fatigue, Mild Depression, And Chronic Soft Tissue Pain
Symptoms like fatigue, mild depression, and chronic soft tissue pain call for the gentleness of lymph massage. It is important for a person who has these symptoms and does not know the cause to have a physical examination by a physician, an acupuncturist, or another licensed healthcare provider to rule out serious health problems. If no serious illness underlaying the symptoms can be discovered, LDM can be given with good results; it will stimulate the immune system and has an energizing effect on the body’s qi or vital energy.
An excess of salty food causes the body to retain water, resulting in edema. The human organism maintains a specific ratio of fluid to salts .eating a high salt diet leads to edema, as the body retains enough fluid to balance the salt.LDM can remove excess fluid from tissues, return the fluid to the bloodstream for excretion through the kidneys, and reduce dietary salt intake to avoid having the problem occur again.