Since I am a licensed massage therapist with advanced training in lymphatic therapy and care, I get this question a lot. And my answer is always, YES! Lymphatic massage is beneficial for most everyone. And here’s why…
Get lymphatic massage if you are low on energy.
If you have been feeling tired and low on energy, or if you’ve been sick and feeling like your body is fighting to get back on track, a lymphatic massage will serve you well! Lymphatic massage is a detox massage, getting those fluids and proteins just beneath the skin to flow .. Your lymph system isn’t like the blood system, which has the heart to pump it. The Lymph system sometimes needs a gentle push in the right direction to keep things moving and not get clogged up.
Get lymphatic massage if you are an athlete.
It comes with being an athlete. Sore muscles and joint pain become a regular part of life. In these situations, lymph vessels become overwhelmed, slowing our body’s natural flow. This is even more apparent after a serious sports-related injury and/or resulting surgery. When tissues are swollen, deep tissue techniques may actually cause damage to the lymph vessels and surrounding structures. Lymphatic massage helps the body remove proteins and waste products from the affected area and reduce the swelling. This helps reduce pressure on cells and allows them to reproduce faster – meaning your healed and getting back to the sport you love faster.
Get lymphatic massage if you’ve had surgery.
Unfortunately , cancer related surgical procedures may involve lymph node removal. This disruption in the lymph system can cause limbs to swell. Lymphatic massage can help prevent and manage the swelling. At Fluid Factor, since we are specially trained in this type of massage we also assist with bandaging and sleeves after you receive your lymphatic massage. Many of our oncology and lymphedema clients take us up on this service that sets us so far apart from our competitors.
Get lymphatic massage if you suffer from a chronic illness.
Lymph massage can also benefit those suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Because it’s a gentle massage, it is well tolerated by these patients, who are often experiencing sore trigger points throughout the body. Since lymphatic massage also encourages lymph flow and removing waste products, this gentle form of bodywork can help restore immune function and improve vitality for clients with chronic illness.
— Anita Bakke, LMT, CDT