For further comprehension, we must delve into what the lymphatic system is:
WHAT IS THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM?
The lymphatic system is the body's filtration system that composed of organs, specialized tissues lymphatic vessels and nodes all working in tandem to facilitate the removal of waste from lymph and direct it to that waste product to those organs responsible for flushing them out of the body, along with ensuring the proper flow of lymph throughout the body by also removing excess fluid.
The lymphatic system can develop issues due to lack of physical activity or caused the onset of disease. Therefore, if it fails to work efficiently could put one at risk of developing certain diseases.
WHAT IS A LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE?
Therefore, a lymphatic drainage massage works to aid to remove waste and excess lymph which causes swelling by the process of lymphokinesis. It is considered a medical massage that utilizes very gentle strokes/pressure given that the lymph vessels and lymph nodes are underneath the skin. The strokes used, move the lymph and other toxins where the points of filtration are -vessels and nodes.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE?
Persons who have the following may get some relief and improvement in the functioning of their lymphatic system.
- Lymphedema - lymph fluid build-up that can be the result of certain health conditions like inflammation, infection, obesity and cancer.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis - joint pain, swelling and stiffness that is ongoing
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency - occurs when the veins in the leg are not working efficiently
- Fibromyalgia - undiagnosed joint and muscle pain
-Post Op persons- anyone who has had surgery can benefit from lymphatic drainage. This is a massage commonly used after cosmetic surgery procedures.
Contraindications: Persons with heart conditions, kidney failure ( key organs in the lymphatic system), with blood clots or infections should avoid this therapy