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Benefits Of A Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Benefits of a Lymphatic Drainage Massage

The lymphatic system is the most powerful system in your body and the funny thing is that you never really hear that much about it. So in this blog, we will give you all the information you need to know about the lymphatic system and all the benefits of a lymphatic drainage massage.

What is the Lymphatic System?

Lymph veins, ducts, nodes, and other tissues make up the lymphatic system, which is found beneath the skin.

The lymph is a collection of excess fluid that circulates through the arteries and tissues, cleaning them before emptying them through the lymphatic system.

Your body contains more than 10 litres of lymphatic fluid. That’s more than the blood volume in the body. Your entire body is soaked in lymph, with the exception of cartilage, nails, and hair.

The term Body Aquarium which is often used in Lymphatics gets its name from the fact that you are practically swimming in lymphatic fluid.

It’s a colourless liquid that surrounds your body’s cells and operates similarly to a sewage system of the body in that it removes pollutants, pathogens, and excess fluid. Its primary function is to remove cellular waste and aid in healing the body.

There are around 700 lymph nodes in the human body, with 1/3 of them in the neck and head.

Because there is no pump to move the lymph through the body, it relies on our muscle action to keep it moving. As a result, any type of manual “drainage” is known to work by pushing lymph to the lymph nodes, where the toxins and bacteria are eliminated.

The lymph plays an important role in your ability to fight infections and recover from pain. Your lymph is only moved by two things: diaphragmatic breathing and movement.

You will likely have a lymphatic problem if you have Lyme, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, or any other chronic pain condition.

Have you ever wondered why, despite all of your therapy and medication, your chronic pain doesn’t seem to be getting any better? It’s likely that your lymphatic system is the source of the problem. If the body is unable to eliminate cellular waste throughout the healing process, the inflammation will remain in the tissues and cause discomfort. You can’t get better if it can’t get out of your body.

Feeling hopeless, exhausted, lethargic, unable to concentrate, and overwhelmed by your lack of rehabilitation progress? You should check your lymph, and we can show you how. The lymph system is linked to the brain, and when the lymph system is dysfunctional, the brain cannot operate properly.

Take control back of your health by educating yourself about the lymphatic system. By reading this blog post you’ll know more about the lymphatic system than 99 percent of the population, which is a massive advantage.

What is a lymphatic drainage massage?

More and more people are starting to incorporate lymphatic drainage massage into their health and wellness regimens.

Lymphatic drainage massages use very light pressure and long, rhythmic strokes to circulate lymph fluid and deliver toxins to organs that can remove them properly. The hands of a qualified practitioner can simply apply pressure to re-stimulate the lymphatic system’s normal contractions. This will help to shift the stagnant fluid back into the body’s natural lymph flow.

What are the benefits of a lymphatic drainage massage?

Acne, cellulite, intestinal difficulties, puffiness, stress, inflammation, sleeplessness, migraines, and other health conditions are all treated with the relaxing technique, but that’s not all. People like lymphatic drainage massages for a variety of reasons such as;

  • Defending oneself against disease and illness
  • Speeding up recovery from colds and flu and reducing water retention.
  • Increasing the effectiveness of your weight-loss attempts
  • Acne, scar tissue, cellulite, skin edema and stretch marks can all be improved
  • Stress and tiredness can be reduced
  • It helps in post-exercise recovery and is used to treat lymphedema, which causes severe swelling in the arms and legs. Lymphedema is a common side effect of breast cancer surgical recovery
  • It is good for recovery after cancer surgery and infections

What are some health conditions that could really benefit from it?

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Various veins, thrombosis, and spider veins
  • Lipoedema
  • Lymphedema
  • Lyme disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Menopause
  • Psoriasis
  • Bloating
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Hay fever
  • Knee pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Restless legs
  • Frequent illnesses
  • Easily bruised

When should I do it?

With the changing of the seasons, the majority of individuals can benefit from a lymphatic drainage massage. This is because we eat different meals with each season, our level of activity changes, and the weather can impact the body’s internal systems. When you’re feeling especially bloated, it’s a good idea to get the treatment because it helps to reduce water retention.

In the end, everyone is different, so if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or conditions and think a lymphatic drainage massage would help, please feel free to contact us. You can also do it yourself at home with a dry brush, tool, or just your hands as a calming ritual before bed or as a practice to keep you calm and invigorated during the day. We can teach you how to do it.

Tips if You’re Getting a Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Drink lots of water both before and after your massage to avoid being dehydrated.

You’ll be tired by the end of the day, so take it easy for the remainder of the day.

Lymphedema and Lymphatic massage

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema occurs when fluid lingers in your tissues after blood has been transported to your tissues and organs by your circulatory system.

In the normal run of things, your lymphatic system collects lymph and distributes it to your heart via a network of lymph veins and lymph nodes. Lymph collects in your arms and legs when your lymphatic system’s function is interrupted, causing them to expand and swell.

Lymphatic drainage massage treatments help Lymphedema patients move lymph from their tissues to their lymph nodes, which reduces swelling.

Who shouldn’t have a lymphatic drainage massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage is generally considered a safe treatment for the majority of people. However, lymphatic drainage massage is not recommended in some circumstances and conditions. If you have any of the following conditions it would be best to talk to a professional to discuss whether this kind of therapy is right for you beforehand.

  • You have a heart problem.
  • You’re suffering from kidney failure.
  • Blood clots have formed in your body.
  • You’ve contracted an infection.

If you’re not sure if lymphatic drainage massage is right for you, contact us and we’ll be able to advise you whether or not this service is right for you based on your medical history.

How can I drain my lymphatic system myself?

We can teach you how to perform lymphatic drainage massages. We have all the knowledge to assist you to decide whether you should conduct lymphatic drainage massage yourself or hire a professional massage therapist. Please contact us here with the subject line teach me lymphatic drainage.

What is Complex Manual decongestive therapy and Mojo protocols?

Lymphatic drainage massage comes in a variety of styles and techniques. Complex Manual Decongestive Therapy and Mojo protocols are more advanced lymphatic drainage massage techniques compared to the standard lymphatic drainage.

Many forms of lymph massage either go in the wrong direction or are too harsh. Complex Manual decongestive therapy also known as complex manual lymphatic drainage is a very light drainage variation.

If you would like to know more about the Lymphatic system check out our other blog posts which talk about lymphatics such as What’s the missing link.

If you would like to book a lymphatic drainage massage with one of our therapists or you would like to learn how to do it yourself and would like us to teach you, feel free to get in contact with us or you can book a lymphatic assessment, treatment, and drainage by clicking here.

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