Lymphatic drainage massage is a treatment aimed at stimulating the Lymphatic system - the body's immune system. The job of our lymph glands, found in the neck, armpits and groin, is to fight infection. If our lymphatic system isn't working properly then we will be more prone to illness.
The lymphatic system is a series of vessels throughout the body that drain fluid from tissues. Bacteria and other microbes are picked up in the lymphatic fluid (lymph) and are trapped inside lymph nodes, where they can be attacked and destroyed by white blood cells.
Common problems of the lymphatic system include glandular fever, Hodgkin's disease, tonsillitis and oedema (swelling). Using lymphatic massage for oedema when pregnant will take away some of the retaining fluid and ease the tension, mainly in the extremities.
The red area indicates a swollen lymph node
This is a detoxifying treatment and stimulates the system to increase the exiting of waste products. The system lies just under the skin so the pressure of the treatment is very soft and relaxing.
How will it help me?
Lymphatic massage is highly recommended for those prone to and recovering from sore throats, colds, infections, on-going tiredness, excess fluids, low immunity, swollen nodes and also for the physically inactive.
Post cancer patients can also benefit from this treatment if any lymph nodes have been removed. Please discuss lymphatic massage with your doctor first.
When will I see results?
The results of lymphatic drainage massage will depend on how long your system has been compromised and how aggressive your condition is. You can discuss your situation with your therapist and determine the best course of action. It may be that you need to schedule a few regular treatments to get things moving, and then space out your appointments as your condition improves.