What is lymph drainage massage
Lymph drainage massage is becoming an accepted form of treatment helping cancer survivors with faster recuperation, stress relief by encouraging the lymph fluids to remove toxins and waste from the human tissues.
The techniques of lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle form of massage that increases the movement of lymph fluids around the body. The lymph fluids help the human body remove waste and toxins from the tissues.
Who can benefit from this massage technique
Certain health conditions and aggressive medical treatments can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body. Since the circulation of lymph fluids is helped by muscle movement a gentle massage can encourage the regular flow of lymph fluids. Most often the normal flow is slowed in the arms or legs, where it can causing swelling. This condition is called lymphedema.
The human body can develop lymphedema due to infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, and any condition that damages the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic massage can reduce this swelling and improve the much needed circulation in the lymphatic system. Lymphatic massage generally forms part of a treatment program called decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT).
DLT for lymphedema includes:
• lymphatic drainage massage
• compression garments
• skin care
Anyone can learn the basics of this massage technique or receive treatment from trained massage therapists. It is recommended to speak to your doctors before trying this massage.
The massage should be gentle and affect only the skin. Use gentle pressure and not heavy, hard pressing technique. Do not massage directly the swollen areas and areas that are undergoing cancer treatment. Drink a cup of water before and after the massage treatment.
As with other massage treatments lymphatic massage can be a great complementary technique to certain medical treatments and to alleviate swollen areas especially in the legs and arms.