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What Is Lymphatic Drainage?

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Lymphatic drainage is a therapeutic massage technique that aims to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid within the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, nodes, and organs that play a crucial role in maintaining fluid balance in the body and supporting the immune system.

The lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump like the heart in the circulatory system, so lymphatic drainage relies on the contraction of muscles and manual manipulation to move lymph fluid through the body. Lymphatic drainage massage involves gentle, rhythmic strokes and light pressure to encourage the natural movement of lymph. This helps to eliminate waste products, toxins, and excess fluid from tissues, reducing swelling and promoting overall health.

The benefits of lymphatic drainage

  • Reduced Swelling
    Lymphatic drainage can help the drainage of excess fluid from tissues.
  • Detoxification
    By facilitating the removal of waste products and toxins, lymphatic drainage supports the body’s natural detoxification processes.
  • Immune System Support
    The lymphatic system is a key component of the immune system. Enhancing lymphatic flow can help improve immune function.
  • Relaxation
    The gentle, rhythmic movements of lymphatic drainage massage can promote relaxation and stress reduction.
  • Improved Circulation
    While not a substitute for the circulatory system, lymphatic drainage can indirectly support blood circulation by reducing congestion and promoting fluid balance.

Lymphatic drainage is commonly used in the management of conditions such as post traumatic conditions (sports injuries), post event (delayed muscle soreness), tendonitis, arthritis, degenerative joint diseases, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome, post-surgical recovery, and to support overall well-being. It’s important to note that individuals with certain health conditions, such as congestive heart failure or active infections, may need to avoid lymphatic drainage therapy. It’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before undergoing any massage or therapeutic treatment, especially if you have underlying health concerns.

How It’s Done

When you arrive our therapist takes a thorough history to understand your issue to decide the most effectively way to treat. Lymphatic drainage massage is done on a standard massage table. The massage strokes that are used by our therapists are fairly light and rhythmic.

At the end of your session our therapist will also recommend specific self-treatment to add to the benefits from the session. Feel free to ask any questions you have also.

N.B our lymphatic drainage massage is not suitable for lymphoedema associated with cancer, cancer treatments and side affects.

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