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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 Therapy massage can help maintain the body’s fluid balance while promoting blood circulation and immune mechanisms.
What is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?
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
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy treats acute pain and rehabilitates following injury or surgery. For athletes recovering from an operation or injury, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy 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 Therapy as part of maintenance in your overall training regimen.
Treatment of Other Conditions
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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