Physiotherapy Services

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy can help in certain health conditions such as lymphedema and fibromyalgia among others where lymph fluid build-up is a major concern. A lymphatic drainage massage can help maintain the body’s fluid balance while promoting blood circulation and immune mechanisms.

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What is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy with Massage?

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a gentle massage that assists the lymphatic system to help maintain the body’s fluid balance while promoting blood circulation and enhancing immune mechanisms. 

Lymph, a fluid of the body consisting of water, proteins, and cellular waste, and immune system components, flows through the lymphatic system and passes through lymph nodes where debris collects before re-entering the circulatory system again. The lymphatic system is responsible for helping the body remove wastes and toxins from tissues. It contains vessels and nodes that help filter debris out of the body, particularly in the areas of the neck, armpits, and groin.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is performed by a physiotherapist or specially-trained massage therapist. By using a sequence of gliding, stretching, compressing, and cupping motions, the lymphatic system is stimulated to promote fluid lymph movement to reduce toxin blockages and stimulate circulation without compressing the vessels across the entire body.

Benefits for Sports Performance and Recovery with Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy treats acute pain and rehabilitates it following injury or surgery. For athletes recovering from an operation or injury, lymphatic drainage allows the body to regenerate tissue that supports the healing process by reducing swelling from sprains, strains, fractures, tendonitis, bursitis, and venous insufficiencies. The therapy increases lymphatic system circulation, reduces muscular fatigue, and removes waste products such as lactic acid.

Injuries are a common occurrence for athletes who consistently train. Intense training overworks muscles and leads to damage of soft tissues that collect fluids causing swelling with stagnant fluid buildup. By removing the fluid and detoxifying the metabolic waste, or reducing onset muscle soreness, recovery time is reduced allowing athletes to continue their training at peak performance. 

You can reduce pain, increase range of motion, and even soften scar tissue buildup by incorporating the gentle lymphatic drainage massage in Singapore as part of maintenance in your overall training regimen.

Treatment of Other Conditions Lymphatic Drainage

Beyond athletic performance, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy can also help to alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, and even drain sinuses.

Whether from physical trauma, stress, or toxins from the environment the sympathetic nervous system becomes strained and overloaded resulting in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). For people with CFS, lymph fluid flows in the opposite direction towards the brain. Toxins that are meant to drain down the spinal cord build in the brain instead of flowing to lymph ducts. By adjusting the directional flow of the lymphatic fluid through the body towards the heart, lymph is returned to the circulatory system to drainage points decreasing the inflammation of the lymph nodes.

The immune system works to protect the body from foreign organisms such as viruses and bacteria. When the body functions normally, the immune response produces antibodies or lymphocytes to protect the body. 

However, for people with an autoimmune disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, nerve pain, or inflammatory bowel disease), immune cells are mistakenly triggered to attack the body’s own tissues versus protecting the cells. People with autoimmune diseases may suffer from pain, whether chronic or acute. By stimulating the flow of lymph, toxins can be released from the body to help improve your health.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy FAQs

In the 1930s, Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife who was a naturopath developed the technique of Lymphatic Drainage Massage. The lymphatic system is present throughout the entire body and is designed to transport lymphatic fluid that contains white blood cells from the tissues to central circulation. The system is integral to the body’s immune functions by fighting infection and disease by transporting infection-fighting antibodies as well as getting rid of metabolic waste to prevent illnesses. Today, Lymphatic Drainage Massage is widely studied on how it can help with lymphedema, obesity, and many other conditions related to poor circulation.

Some people report very mild discomfort during their sessions, but this usually subsides shortly after the treatment. The discomfort is reported to be mild especially for people who are extremely sensitive or have recently sustained an injury. Throughout the treatment process, you should try to relax as much as possible because the application of noninvasive light pressure to the lymphatic system improves circulation in all areas, including joints, and can reduce swelling near major organs such as the kidneys, thereby relieving pressure on these vital parts.

Lymphatic fluid can accumulate as a result of certain medical conditions. Lymphatic Drainage Massage can help people who suffer from lymphedema, fibromyalgia, swelling or edema, skin disorders, fatigue, insomnia, stress, digestive issues, arthritis, and migraine attacks. Lymphatic Drainage Massages can also be beneficial to those who have been diagnosed with cancer, congestive heart failure, and chronic venous insufficiency associated with deep vein thrombosis. The fluid in the lymphatic system assists in the removal of waste and toxins from the body’s tissues.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage can help in the prevention of excessive swelling and pain, allowing you to recover faster from surgery. The treatment promotes the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) and can decreases recovery time by reducing post-surgical swelling. Lymphatic Drainage Massage can also prevent fluid build-up that causes aches and pains while also rehydrating connective tissues at the cellular level, making it useful for a variety of conditions, particularly those that occur after surgery.

Typically, you will notice positive changes in your body within 24 to 48 hours after receiving therapy from a skilled lymphatic therapist. However, the number of treatments required to achieve long-term results and address your condition is unique to you as some may require more frequent sessions over an extended period.

HelloPhysio paves the way with both traditional physical therapy and the latest technologies to reduce pain, re-establish movement patterns, and activate muscles so that you can return to your daily life.

Physiotherapy treatment plans are different for each client customized to fit an individual’s needs, injury and lifestyle. Treatments from HelloPhysio may be eligible for claims through your health insurance provider.

Contact us today to arrange a session with a senior physiotherapist to discuss a targeted treatment plan.

Phone: +65 8787 3198

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Singapore 329565

Using manual therapy with proper adjunctive state-of-the-art  equipment to enhance tissue healing, our physiotherapists help clients return to pain-free movement faster. Each physiotherapy rehab plan is never the same for each client as we believe in a personalized physio treatment to address each individual’s musculoskeletal injury and life stressors.

We always believe in going one step more at our rehab center in Singapore by providing continuous care that extends beyond just the physical session to adding Telehealth as part of physio treatment plans. From traditional to sports physiotherapy in Singapore, our clinic incorporates the lastest evidenced-based modalities into patient care.

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EMTT® is an advanced technology developed in Switzerland for the treatment of bone, tendon, muscle, nerve and ligament injuries or disorders throughout the body. This is a state-of-the-art therapy is a non-invasive, safe alternative to steroid injections and other interventions.

EMTT can be used to as a pain relief practice to reduce inflammation in difficult to treat conditions such as bone injuries, stress fractures and arthritic joints. We also use of the technology in harder-to-treatment of conditions such as tendinopathies at our Novena physiotherapy clinic in Singapore.

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) uses shockwaves outside of the body to harness intense short energy waves to reduce pain and heal chronic orthopedic conditions at our rehab center in Singapore. It is a non-invasive but powerful adjunctive physiotherapy treatment that delivers acoustic waves to injured soft tissue to for pain relief and to promote healing.

Using both Focal and Radial ESWT at our physiotherapy clinic, Shockwave Therapy a non-invasive treatment to assist with quick healing of injured tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, etc) at a cellular level. Shockwave works by activating a tissue response by making tissues restart the healing faster while creating minimal scarring.

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Being one of the very few physio clinics in Singapore to fully utilized INDIBA for active rehab, we are proud to say our clients who have received the radiofrequency treatment have reported a decrease in pain immediately post treatment.

INDIBA uses one-of-a-kind long wave radiofrequency of 448 kHz frequency to treat acute, subacute and chronic states of injury. INDIBA creates a therapeutic physio treatment with manual or sports physiotherapy to facilitate tissue recovery while decreasing pain.

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Clinical Pilates is instructed by our highly-experienced trainers to promote strong, stable movement to build muscle strength, improve range of motion, activate postural muscles and the body-brain connection for integrated movement patterns.

As part of our Singapore rehab center, Clinical Pilates targets spine and pelvis alignment in conjunction with breathing and inner core muscles to balance and strengthen the body. Each session may use various rehab techniques, including Pilates reformers, barrel, Stahl bars and other physiotherapy equipment.

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Sports Massage uses intense, detailed manipulation of the soft tissue – muscles, tendons, joint capsules, and fascia – targeted at trouble spots. Specializing in injury management and chronic pain relief massage, and as part of our Singapore sports physio treatments, sports massage therapy helps enhance athletic performance by preventing training injuries and decreasing recovery time.

The massage sessions are highly focused with applied techniques, including myofascial release, deep compression, muscle stripping, and friction, trigger point therapy, stretching, and corrective exercises.

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Red Light Therapy at HelloPhysio energizes cells to drive a host of physiological processes in the body by interacting at the cellular level to restore normal cell function.

Also known as Photobiomodulation, the near infrared therapy improves blood circulation, increases the rate of recovery after injuries, decreases pain and inflammation, boosts energy levels, improves muscle performance, aids in sleep, and a host of other benefits.

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As a treatment option at our Novena physiotherapy clinic, Dry Needling is a popular and effective means to treat pain using a sterile needle inserted to trigger points of the muscle and/or fascia to activate our body’s response for a natural anti-inflammatory recovery process, especially for sports physiotherapy clients. Trigger points are targeted by dry needling as other techniques may not be able to go so deep.

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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle and non-invasive technique that activates the body’s circulation to help the immune system by working with the interstitial and lymphatic system.

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Craniosacral therapy is a non-invasive process balancing the powerful flow of the cerebrospinal fluids and the nervous system. It is used to activate the body to self heal and restore body balance as part of our services at our physio rehab center in Singapore.

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When the COVID pandemic hit globally, rehabilitation and pain relief practice was mandated to go online as physical therapy care at our physio clinics was restricted. The use of digital communication to provide quality treatments ensured continuity and accessibility of care. From that, we realized the effectiveness and the efficiency of telehealth for physiotherapy and rehab.

Research supports telehealth’s benefits to maintain positive client outcomes, especially when it comes to physiotherapy treatment and rehab in Singapore. We all know that life post pandemic has changed and we will continue to provide Telehealth to clients who meet the needs of online consultation.