A lymphatic massage can benefit just about everyone. If you’re 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 lymph massage may be your remedy. After surgery or an injury, the lymph system can feel sluggish or blocked— this can cause a patient to experience swelling, feel tired, and to become more susceptible to colds and infections. When the lymph system works well, we feel healthy and have a strong defense against illness.
In addition, athletes, surgical patients, fibromyaliga and chronic fatigue sufferers may want to consider lymphatic massage. Lymphedema symptoms include swelling and pain near the site of the removed or damaged lymph nodes.
If you’re feeling a bit sluggish, experiencing mild to moderate swelling, recovering from a sports injury, or interested in optimizing your lymph system for stronger immunity you may want to try a lymphatic massage treatment.
Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, most often a mastectomy for breast cancer. Lymphedema can also be present at birth or develop at puberty or during adulthood. Lymphedema can occur immediately after radiation therapy or surgery, or weeks, months, and even years later.
Lymphedema may also occur in the legs or other parts of the body if lymph nodes are removed in the course of other types of surgery – such as melanoma, colon, prostate or bladder cancer, for example – or are that are damaged by radiation treatment, infection or trauma.
The lymph nodes filter fluid (called lymph) and serve as the home for lymphocytes which are the cells that attack and destroy foreign bacteria and viruses and even abnormal cells that may be cancer cells.
By understanding the anatomy and function of this delicate system, the team at Chambers Clinic can assist your body in clearing sluggish tissues of waste and swelling. The lymphatic massage is so gentle; patients with sensitive diseases oftentimes with sore trigger points throughout the body are able to tolerate and benefit from the treatment. This gentle exterior body massage encourages lymph flow which promotes the removal of waste products, ultimately helping to restore immune function and improve vitality.
Seventy percent of lymph vessels are located just below the skin. These fragile vessels work to pick up fluids between the cell spaces when gentle pressure is applied to them from increased fluid build-up, muscle contractions, or the pressure of a therapist’s hands. Our massage therapists at Chambers Clinic are versed in lymphatic drainage therapy. By using very light pressures in a rhythmic, circular motion, your massage therapist can stimulate the lymph system to work more efficiently and help it move the lymph fluids back to the heart and remap drainage pathways.
In addition, by freeing vessel pathways, a lymphatic massage can help retrain the lymph system to work better for long-term health benefits. Your therapist will gently rubs, stroke, tap or push the skin in directions that follow the structure of the lymphatic system so that accumulated lymph fluid can drain through proper channels.
Each session lasts from 45 to 60 minutes, and therapy usually is performed once a day four or five times a week for two to four weeks. A lymphatic massage can have a powerful impact on your body’s ability to heal.