Have you heard of Lymphatic Drainage?
Updated: Dec 10, 2019
By Katie Shields
That's a question I've asked a few clients lately and most have replied "no, can you tell me more?"
Lymphatic Drainage is a massage technique that is used to help the flow of fluid within the body. It is generally used for people that have had cancer and had lymph nodes removed from their system. Ideally, to help the movement and flow of fluid and lymph within the body. Did you know though, ANYONE can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage!
What kind of massage is it?
It's a slow and very light technique which involves light strokes on the body in an upwards direction towards the heart, NEVER in a downwards direction. It also involves pumping of the lymph nodes and lymph organs to increase the function of the Lymphatic System.
What else can Lymphatic Drainage help with?
~ Reduce edema
~ Improve circulation
~ Increase the flow and movement of fluid and lymph in the body.
~ Body cleansing: that's right like a detox. Because it increases the flow of fluid in the body, that means it increases ALL the fluid in your body which means it also needs to leave your body too!
~ Improves your quality of sleep
Does Lymphatic Drainage have any side effects?
It can have side effects for some people but not always they can include:
~ Increasing use of the toilet. Because it can act as a detox to the body you may have an increased need to use the bathroom for a day or two.
~ You get tired. You may even like to have a few naps the next day or sleep longer than usual! this is a normal side effect which may also last a day or two. So make sure you get that extra rest needed.
When is it not a good idea to have Lymphatic Drainage?
~ If you are having any feeling of a cold coming on or your immune system is feeling compromised by a virus it may speed up the symptoms and make you feel lethargic.
~ Undiagnosed cancer
~ Any active blood clots
~ Acute kidney problems
~ Acute heart problems
Some of our therapists can offer Lymphatic Drainage here at Mels Massage. We would love to see you for a treatment.