Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic drainage 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 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. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
Lymphatic drainage massage has profound effects on a patient pre-operatively and post-operatively, for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. LDM reduces tension and stress, reduces swelling, mitigates scar tissue, improves cellulite, lowers blood pressure, reduces chronic fatigue and mild depression, supports the immune system, reduces chronic soft tissue pain, and enhances skin tone and quality.
- Removes stagnant fluid from tissues
- Increases blood flow, bringing good nutrition to the tissues
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Focuses the patient on positive results
- Removes inflammation, the number one cause of cell deterioration and cell death
- Speeds up the healing process and lessens time in bed
- Reduces bruising
- Controls and reduces pain
- Eliminates obstruction and blockages in lymph vessels due to lack of physical movement
- Facilitates lymph flow during physical inability
- Reduces scar tissue buildup
- Continues to reduce stress and tension while the patient while the patient is recovering, especially with more intense or multiple surgical procedures
- Continues to help the patient focus on the positive results
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