The human lymphatic system is a network located throughout the body. It is essential to health, much like the blood circulation system. By learning massage techniques that aid the function of this system, massage therapists can help clients maintain circulation, balance, and immune capabilities. Using careful, gentle motions, therapists trained in lymphatic drainage massage help move trapped lymph fluid.
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Lymph fluids pass through lymph vessels, nodes, and organs. These fluids contain immune system components, as well as waste products, water, and proteins. And the lymph nodes serve to filter these fluids before being passed to veins that carry blood toward the heart. Some surgical procedures, injuries, illnesses, genetic disorders, or medical conditions can cause blockages or buildup in the lymphatic system, a condition called lymphedema.
Lymphatic drainage massage uses techniques to help move lymph fluid toward the lymph nodes. This is important work because the lymphatic drainage system is key to regulating the immune system. Massage therapists can help clients who experience symptoms of lymphedema, such as:
There are four main massage techniques used for lymphatic drainage massage. This type of massage is for stretching the skin, rather than deep muscles. All the movements should be light and moderate. The therapist starts near the torso and works outward. Areas of the body experience clearing, preparing them to handle more lymph fluid, and then reabsorption, which allows the fluid to flow properly. Here are the main techniques used in lymphatic drainage massage:
Please note: These massage therapies are not recommended for patients with heart conditions, a history of blood clots, a current infection, or kidney failure.
Just as there are many different symptoms and causes of lymphedema, massage therapy provides a variety of benefits to clients and patients. With a treatment program known as decongestive lymphatic therapy, for example, clients receive lymphatic drainage massage in conjunction with other practices, such as wearing compression socks and completing prescribed exercises.
After surgery for breast cancer, patients who have undergone mastectomy or removal of lymph nodes may experience blocked or trapped lymph fluid. Lymphatic drainage massage helps restore lymph fluid movement throughout the body. Other conditions and procedures that may result in lymphedema include:
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