What is Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system.
How Does it work?
Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) with the client lying in an anatomical position, is performed rhythmic light and short circular movements and pumping techniques with both hands to stimulate lymph flow, with a combination of light movements directed toward the lymph nodes.
Its simplicity and contribution to well-being puts the discipline of lymphatic drainage for detoxification in a unique position of value.
The Lymphatic drain massage can be targeted to a specific point and can be effective in a full body massage regardless of applied modality, the drain massage can increase fluid movement anywhere in the body; especially in inflammation of the joints,like hip, shoulder, shoulder,knee,elbow,ankle,wrist, foot/hand, or toes/fingers caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, sprains, contusions; the key is to manage accumulated fluid while keeping it moving, without increasing any inflammatory response or disrupting the healing process.
Lymphatic drainage will remove from cell the chemicals associated with the central nervous system pain response, producing an analgesic effect.
Being a light massage and repetitive has a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system.
The speeding up of the function of the lymphatic system it will boost the immune system, will bring benefits to conditions such as:
Migraine and chronic headaches, common acne and acne rosacea, constipation, eczema, tinnitus, Ménière's, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid and osteo arthritis, sinus congestion and chronic colds, tendonitis, repetitive strain injury, whiplash, swollen, heavy and edematose feet and other trauma to name a few.
It can be used to improve scar tissue even in older ones, because it activates the lymphocytes, involved in reconstructing the tissue, and to reduce bruising post-surgery or injury.
But it is good not only after the operation; if made a month before the operation, this will favor the elimination of the liquids and toxins from the body, spurring cells' ability to regenerate and repair tissues more fast.
It is an excellent therapy for rejuvenation as a beauty treatment and can reduce puffiness and fine lines and wrinkles
Pregnancy, the drainage can be started beginning with the third pregnancy month. The hormonal changes during pregnancy determine liquid retention and a decrease in the tonus of the vein and lymph vessels.
PMS syndrome, It is also effective against the swelling experienced by many women a few days before the menstruation. In this case, the massage is made immediately after the end of the cycle for a week.
Low Blood Pressure, Viral or bacterial Infection, fever, diarrhea, vomiting and unexplained edema, Edema present in the acute phase of an injury (first 24 hours), congestive Heart Failure or Kidney failure, or undergoing kidney dialysis, Cancer unless the massage is specially ordered by the client's physician.
Extreme care must be taken not to disturb the tissue healing process, direct work over an area of surgery needs to be delayed until incision sites are healed (5 to 7 days, maybe longer), or around injury areas after 72 hours.