What is a lymphatic drainage massage?
The lymphatic system is a network of organs and tissues that is responsible for removing toxins, waster, and other unwanted material out of the body. A part of the body’s immune system, it transports lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells that help fight against infections, to the cells throughout the body.
However, some health conditions can cause the lymph to build up and the lymphatic system may not be working at its optimal best. Lymphatic drainage massage might be the solution. Commonly known as lymphatic drainage, it is a gentle, rhythmical massage treatment that helps in stimulating the circulation of lymph fluid throughout the body. It also helps in preventing swellness after a surgery or an injury. Additionally, it provides a great boost to the immune system.
Why is lymphatic drainage important?
The main goal of lymphatic drainage is to boost the efficiency of the lymphatic and circulatory system. When the volume of the retained fluid is reduced, the risk of an impeded circulation is also reduced. This in turn increases the capacity of the lymphatic system to rapidly drain the retained fluids and any built up toxic waste. It also makes the patient to feel energized after the massage therapy.
It should be remembered that lymphatic drainage is not recommended for people with the following health conditions:
- Congestive heart failure
- History of stroke or blood clots
- Current infection
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
Lymphatic drainage massage benefits
Lymphatic drainage massage has several benefits which include:
- Helps the body to fight off any occurring infection
- Speeds up healing and recovery from an illness
- Helps in reducing water retention
- Boosts weight loss
- Reduces the chances of developing minor colds and viruses
- Improves skin texture
- Increases metabolic rate
- Improves immunity
- Essential in the treatment of lymphoedema