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Lymphatic Draining Massage

Lymphatic draining massage

A technique most commonly used on breast cancer patients who have undergone a singular or bi-lateral mastectomy, lymphatic draining massage treats lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes (under the arms) are removed. Lymphedema is not exclusive to those who have undergone mastectomy surgery; it can occur anywhere in the body where lymph nodes have been removed or damaged, in anyone, during adulthood, at puberty, or present at birth, for a myriad of reasons. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a clear, colorless fluid containing white blood cells that helps rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials, throughout the body. A subset of the circulatory system, the lymphatic system has a number of functions, including the removal of interstitial fluid, the extracellular fluid that bathes most tissue. It also acts as a highway, transporting white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones, and antigen-presenting cells to the lymph nodes.

Lympathic Draining Massage (75 mins)$175

How can lymphatic draining massage help you?

Starting with a light massage on the surface of the affected area of the body, our therapist will gently rub, stroke, tap and push the soft tissue in directions that follow the structure of the lymphatic system so that the accumulated lymph fluid can drain through proper channels, increasing the volume of flow by as much as 20 times. This increase vastly improves the systems ability to remove toxins and infectious materials. Lymphatic draining massage is not painful and does not have a stimulating effect. Research has shown that a great reduction of swelling occurs with the use of lymphatic draining massage, diminishing discomfort and improving appearance of the affected area of the person suffering from lymphedema.

There are three instances in which a person should avoid, or discontinue use of, lymphatic draining massage:

  • A sudden, marked increase in localized swelling
  • The onset of lymphangitis (an infection)
  • When pain is present during massage

In these cases, clients should seek out medical evaluation from their physician. In the cases of clients who are at increased risk for blood clotting, or have congestive heart failure, they are encouraged to receive approval from their physician before commencing with lymphatic draining massage, and will thereafter be closely tested and monitored during the course of the treatment period. Doing so will rule out any complications from deep leg thrombosis, or further cardiovascular problems, due in part to the lymphatic fluid being shifted around. Lymphatic draining massage is a proven and worthwhile treatment for lymphedema sufferers, so for more information, or a consultation, please contact Nourishing Thyself Clinic.