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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Nina Dali Thursday, September 2, 2021

Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. Lymphatic drainage is a light, rhythmical form of massage designed to ease congestion in the lymphatic system. Lymphatic vessels remove waste products and carry substances vital to the defense of the body. Lymphatic drainage is both preventative and remedial and can enhance overall well-being. 

It is effective in helping to detoxify the body, enhancing immune function, reducing swelling and fluid retention, improving skin tone, and speeding up injury healing time. It can also improve many chronic conditions such as sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions. Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system.

While the heart continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system relies on the movement of smooth muscles to transport fluid through the lymph vessels. Light rhythmic movements stimulate the lymphatic system without pressing hard on the vessel. They make the lymph fluid move easily through the nodes and tissues, making sure the fluid doesn't get trapped anywhere.

Health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs, where it can causing swelling. This condition is called lymphedema.

People can develop lymphedema as a result of infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, and any condition that damages the lymphatic system.

Lymphatic drainage can:

1) Reduce the chance of you suffering from minor colds and viruses; it helps your body fight off infection, and speeds up healing and recovery from illness.

2) Help reduce water retention; for instance, because the lymph system has no pump, if you sit for a long time without moving, the lymph can't flow easily — this is why you may experience swollen feet or fingers.

3) Boost weight loss, as improving the lymphatic system will improve your metabolic rate, which helps you burn calories more efficiently.

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