A lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body.
The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues. Some health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up. Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.
WHAT CAN IT TREAT?
While the heart continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system relies on the movement of smooth muscles to transport the fluid through the lymph vessels.
Health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs, where it can cause swelling. This condition is called lymphedema. People can develop lymphedema as a result of infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, and any condition that damages the lymphatic system.
Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system. The lymphatic massage usually forms part of a treatment program called decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT).
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A LYMPHATIC MASSAGE?
Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit people who are experiencing the following: lymphedema, fibromyalgia, swelling or oedema, skin disorders, fatigue, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, arthritis, migraine episodes.
People should not have a lymphatic massage if they have congestive heart failure, blood clots, kidney problems, infections, or circulation problems. If a person has any medical conditions, they should talk to a doctor before trying a lymphatic massage.