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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

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.

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.

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

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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy FAQs

How did Lymphatic Drainage Massage originate?

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.

Is lymph drainage painful?

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.

Who can benefit from a Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

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.

Can I have a Lymphatic Drainage Massage session post-operation?

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.

How many sessions will it take before I feel relief?

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.

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