What is Lymphatic Drainage?
The lymph system is supplementary to the body’s blood circulation system. It delivers nutrients to cells and carries away excess waste, toxins, bacteria, and water. Sometimes lymphatic flow can stagnate, for reasons such as: swelling, inflammation, lack of physical activity, stress, fatigue, shock, old age, poorly fitted brassieres, or bras worn for excessive amounts of time. When lymphatic flow slows down, cell regeneration diminishes, toxins accumulate around the cells, and there is a decrease in cellular oxygenation.
Lymph drainage massage facilitates nature’s process by stimulating the natural peristaltic contractions of the layers of muscles located along the lymphatic pathways, also known as lymphangions.
How MLD Works
Manual lymph drainage massage (also called lymphatic drainage and lymph massage) is a form of very light massage that stimulates lymph flow in the body via circular pumping movements. Stimulating the lymphatic system in turn assists the body’s natural waste removal, helps drain puffy, swollen tissues, supports the body’s immune system, and helps the body heal from surgery. Lymph drainage massage is very soothing and relaxing.
Conditions Helped By Lymphatic Drainage
- Pregnancy (including engorgement, sore nipples, and plugged ducts)
- Wounds, bruises, scars
- Acne and eczema
- Chronic inflammation
- Plastic surgery (pre and post)
- Spider veins
- Post-liposuction or cellulite treatments
Lymph Massage Practitioners
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Advanced practitioners of lymph drainage also perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping to assess the direction of lymph flow before, during, and after treatment to see if lymph stagnations has improved.