Lymphatic Massage

Specialty massage therapy can relieve clogged lymph nodes, eliminate swelling and lymphedema and improve immunity -- especially after surgery or cancer treatment

What is lymphatic massage?

Chambers Clinic massage therapists have specific expertise in lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic massage is a therapy that features gentle manipulation of the body’s lymphatic vessels. Seventy percent of lymph vessels are located just below the skin. These fragile vessels work to pick up fluids between the cell spaces. This exterior body massage encourages lymph flow, which promotes the removal of waste products, ultimately helping to restore immune function and improve vitality.


Who can benefit from lymphatic massage?

A lymphatic massage can benefit just about everyone. 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.

How does lymphatic massage work?

By using very light pressures in a rhythmic, circular motion, the massage therapist can stimulate the lymph system to work more efficiently. 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 an swelling. 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 rub, 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. When the lymph system works well, we feel healthy and have a strong defense against illness.

How can lymphatic massage help for lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, most often after a mastectomy for breast cancer. Lymphedema symptoms include swelling and pain near the site of the removed or damaged lymph nodes.

Lymphedema may 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, breast colon, prostate or bladder cancer, for example – or are that are damaged by radiation treatment, infection or trauma. Lymphedema can occur immediately after radiation therapy or surgery – or weeks, months and even years later. Sometimes lymphedema can be present at birth or develop at puberty or during adulthood.

Lymphatic massage sessions work to remove lymphatic blockages and gently move the excess fluid into the venous system for processing and removal by the organs.

How long does a lymphatic massage session last?

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.

Which conditions can benefit from lymphatic massage?
  • Post-surgical edema and lymphedema

  • Post cancer radiation therapy: breast cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer, melanoma

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Bacterial or viral illness

  • Athletic recovery