Lymph Drainage Therapy
Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is one of a variety of similar techniques that work the Lymphatic System of the body. It is characterized by very light touch, rhythmic strokes which stretch the skin rather than gliding over the skin, and a release of the stretched skin. Each stroke consists of two parts: the stretch and the release. Each stroke part lasts the same amount of time.
What Benefits Can I Expect From a Lymph Drainage Therapy Session?
Because if the rhythmic nature of the technique and the very light touch, people find it extremely relaxing. In fact, I often have my clients fall asleep when I am doing LDT on them, more so than all the other massages I give.
But, not only is it relaxing, it is very therapeutic. It is an excellent technique to relieve pain and soreness in joints and in muscles, reduce fluid retention (edema), improve range of motion where there is a restriction, improve the immune system, detoxify the body, decrease wrinkles, help relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. In conjunction with bandaging, lymph drainage is the gold star treatment for Lymphedema. It can be helpful in treating many other conditions, too numerous to mention here.
One additional use would be to have a session or two a couple of days before and after surgery. The benefit of having some LDT prior to surgery would be to reduce the amount of fluid within the tissues. This can result in a "cleaner" incision and less fluid leakage into the surgical area. The benefit of having sessions after surgery is to help the body rid itself of the edema (swelling) around the surgical area. This helps the incision to heal more quickly and also to help reduce the possibility of infection.
benefits ranging from detoxification of the body, regeneration of burned, injured or wrinkled tissue, anti-aging effects, and relief of sinusitis, bronchitis, ear infections, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, constipation, insomnia, memory loss, cellulite, and obesity.
What Is The Lymphatic System?
The Lymphatic System is a component of the circulatory system and consists of lymphatic vessels (similar to blood vessels), lymph nodes, lymph fluid. The circulatory system has one pathway for blood to leave the heart (arteries) and two ways for it (blood and components of the blood) to return to the heart (veins and lymph vessels). Many of the lymph vessels parallel the arteries and veins.
Lymph fluid is that portion of the interstitial fluid between cells of tissues (muscles, organs, etc.) that is pulled into the lymph vessels.
The lymphoid organs consist of the Thymus, the tonsils, and the spleen. These, along with the lymph nodes, play an important role in the immune system of the body. They either make or mature the cells that fight infection.
Lymphatic massage, also called lymphatic drainage or manual lymph drainage, is a technique developed in Germany for treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, most often a mastectomy for breast cancer.