The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic Massage is at the core of Fluid Factor. I believe in Lymphatic Massage and its benefits so much I want to shout it from the rooftops! If I could I would wear a big sign saying, “ASK ME ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF LYMPHATIC MASSAGE.” But in an attempt to save me the definite embarrassment and questionable looks, I thought I would write about it here in hopes that it reaches someone who could benefit from this amazing therapy.

What is Lymphatic Massage?

Lymphatic treatment, also known as Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), engages the Lymph system for optimum performance. It’s a technique that started in Europe for the treatment of lymphedema. Lymphatic Massage, utilizes the steps and theory of MLD in a soothing gentle massage for the whole body.

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of high-protein fluid in an area of the body that collects just beneath the skin. This swelling, or edema, typically occurs in the arm or leg but may also occur in other parts of the body including the torso, head, neck and breasts.

Lymphedema most commonly occurs after lymph nodes are removed or lymph vessels are damaged during surgery. Lymphedema can also be present at birth, develop at puberty, or show up at any point in your lifetime. Some Lymphedema patients don’t see its effects until  well into adulthood. This type of lymphedema, known as primary lymphedema, can affect as many as four limbs and/or other parts of the body and the cause remains unknown.

As this edema occurs in a specific area, the body’s natural reaction is to send in more fluid, which thus worsens the swelling. Inflammatory reactions like these can result in scar tissue called fibrosis. In short, this combination of fluid and fibrosis can block the amount of oxygen and essential nutrients being sent to the area.

The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

This is where the benefits of the Manual Lymph Drainage technique really come into play. This type of massage should only be done by massage therapists who have had additional education and training of the lymphatic system.  When lymphatic massage treatment is done right, the lymph system works better and more effiecent. An effective lymphatic massage clears a sluggish system of waste and can considerably reduce swelling.  As a certified lymphatic therapist, my lymphatic massage therapy provides beneficial effects for the whole body, starting with the efficient operation of the lymphatic system. The result is healthier more energetic system, better equipped to fight off infection

For more specific questions, please feel free to contact Fluid Factor or book your session now.

—  Anita Bakke, LMT, CDT