The lymph system which houses our immune system is the cleansing system of the body. This system runs over the entire body and its primary function is to transport the interstitial fluid along with proteins, fragmented cells, fats and inorganic materials back to the circulatory system.
When the lymph system becomes congested, wastes and fluids accumulate in the tissues which hinder normal physiological processes. Sometimes the body needs help removing this toxic buildup of cellular waste. The added boost comes with Manual Lymph Drainage.
Manual Lymph drainage is a skin manipulation technique in which the therapist uses very light pressure to move fluids collected under the skin and to stimulate the peristaltic action of the lymph vessels.
General benefits of the Manual Lymph Drainage:
- Reduction in edemas (swelling) and Lymphedema of various origins
- Detoxification of the body
- Stimulation of the immune system
- Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
- Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
- Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
Common indications for Manual Lymph Drainage:
- Traumatic edemas: torn muscles, sprained ligaments, joint dislocations, fractures
- Pre-surgery: prepares the tissue for the intervention, drains the tissue, clears the lymph passages to help prevent post-surgery edema
- Post surgery: reduction or prevention of scars, fibrosis, and hypertrophic scars or keloids
- For any surgery removing major lymph nodes (post-mastectomy, tumor removal, etc.)
- For burns and their surgical treatment
- Detoxification: fasting, dieting, tobacco withdrawal, toxic chemical poisoning