Manual lymph drainage is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissue back to the heart.
Lymph Drainage for Detoxification
Lymph drainage reduces the size of lymphedema swelling. With a lymphatic massage, the therapist uses gentle pressure techniques to move fluids out of affected areas.
Lymph drainage can be used after surgery and can be trained or practiced by the patient to perform on their own.
Manual Lymph Drainage
- moves stagnant fluid/toxins
- improves minor aches and pains
- stimulates the immune system
2-3 liters lymph is filtered through the lymph system every day. Manual lymph drainage:
- improves the lymph flow 20x
- cures headaches/minor colds
- treats/improves/reduces edema
- treats lymphostatic edema/high protein edema
- treats lymphodynamic edema caused by liver diseases and diabetes
Manual lymph drainage can be used after sports – to sooth muscle soreness, injury and surgery. This type of therapeutic massage improves regeneration of tissue, enhances circulation, stimulates immune system, promotes healthy scar formation, and relieves fatigue.
- acute inflammation – tissue is hot, red or painful
- malignant tumors
- thrombosis / phlebitis
- major heart problems
What to Expect:
Manual Lymph Drainage lasts about 30-90 minutes and consists of gentle rhythmic pressure and strokes, always working in the direction towards the heart. Kneading and deep muscle work is not required and clients often fall asleep. The treatment can include the entire body or just a particular swollen area of the body. No oil or cream is needed and the treatment can be followed up by wrapping.
Guest Blogger: Wilma Langeveld is a Dutch educated physical therapist who now lives in the United States. She specializes in connective tissue massage, cranio-sacral and Bowen therapy, lymph drainage, various techniques of massage and nutrition.