Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. Since the pressure is ‘superficial’ and works through the skin, the manual movement of fluid into the lymphatic ‘catchment’ sites can helps remove by-products and build up of ‘non-useful’ molecules from bodily tissues. This makes the muscles and physical system work more efficiently.
Some health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up, which reduces the ability to move or increases pain sensations. Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.
What are the benefits?
Lymphatic massage can improve circulation and reduce swelling.
While the heart continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system relies on the gravity and muscle contraction of smooth muscles to move fluid through the lymph vessels.
Health challenges from exhaustion to diseases can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid build up in area of the body, often in the arms or legs. This build up can causing swelling or ‘inflammation’, in extreme cases it is called lymphedema.
Lymphedema as a result of infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, and any condition that damages or impacts the lymph system function.
Post-surgery or injury
With therapeutic massage as part of post-operative orthopedic and plastic surgery procedures, chronic pain, motor vehicle accidents, and general injury recovery, there is a improved performance of the lymphatic system removal of non-useful fluids by up to 10x times the normal speed. Most complete lymph circulation time is 14-21 days in healthy and active humans.
Stimulation of the lymphatic system increases the rate at which the body removes waste, dead cell particles, and inflammatory agents from the tissue. Accelerating the lymphatic flow has been demonstrated to reduce swelling and bruising in the injured region. Studies indicate that as the volume of fluid at the injury site is reduced rehabilitation time may be shortened.
By reduce swelling around joints, or improved circulation throughout the body, efficient lymphatic system movements takes by-products that are not used by the body and reduces the ‘stress’ on the circulatory system. Lymphatic massage usually forms part of a treatment program called decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT), and is often called ‘Manual’ Lymphatic drainage - because the therapist manual the body to improve function.
Light massage that acts on both the lymphatic and nervous systems has been shown to increase lymph flow in the lymphatic channels and promoting an effective drainage route out of the body to create less work during the recovery process.
DermoNeuromodulation, CranioSacral and Autonomic Nervous System Therapies
Your autonomic nervous system is the part of your nervous system that controls involuntary actions, such as the beating of your heart and the widening or narrowing of your blood vessels. Serious problems with the function of The Central Nervous System (CNS) and Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) may include:
Blood pressure problems
Trouble with breathing and swallowing
Erectile dysfunction in men
Adrenal and Endocrine dysfunction
Autonomic nervous system disorders can occur alone or as the result of another disease, such as Parkinson's disease, alcoholism and diabetes. Problems can affect either part of the system, as in complex regional pain syndromes, or all of the system. Some types are temporary, but many worsen over time. When they affect your breathing or heart function, these disorders can be life-threatening.
Some autonomic nervous system disorders get better when an underlying disease is treated. Often, when there is no cure, the goal of treatment is to improve symptoms.
Therapies like CranioSacral and Dermoneuromudulation are designed to positively impact the physical symptoms of pain and dysfunction during the treatment process.