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Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

At Massage & Reflexology of Delaware, we offer Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage to help promote recovery and good health with a gentle touch therapy.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage is a gentle touch therapy that promotes health and aids recovery from certain illnesses. This powerful, yet subtle technique can reduce or prevent fluid retention, enhance the removal of toxins from the body tissues, and support the immune system. Manual lymphatic drainage is a standard treatment in European hospitals and clinics and is used increasingly in North America. 

Support for wellness

The lymph system plays a vital role in maintaining good health. Lymph is fluid rich in immune cells that fights viruses, cancer and bacteria. It circulates through the body, transporting these cells where they are needed. Lymph passes through lymph nodes which produce new immune cells and filter out toxins and wastes. The swollen “glands” you feel when down with a virus are your lymph nodes working.

Manual lymphatic drainage massage uses light, rhythmic touch to enhance lymph circulation. This improves the flow of the immune cells, making it easier for the body to fend off disease and infection. Increased lymph circulation also helps reduce the body’s load of wastes and toxins. This frees up resources that your body can use for tissue repair and maintenance, keeping you healthy and in balance.

For your health challenges

Stress, illness, excess fluid from infection and blockages or injury in lymph vessels can all impair lymphatic function. This can leave you feeling fatigued, achy or ill. Lymphatic massage is extraordinarily effective in helping restore lymph function, which can address a number of health challenges.

Stress and Pain

The gentle touch of manual lymphatic drainage massage soothes the nervous system, relieving both mental physical tension. This can improve sleep and reduce depression or anxiety. As you relax, even the grip of pain can lessen. Manual lymphatic drainage massage can also reduce the persistent discomforts of painful conditions such as your arthritis backache and headaches.

Reduction of swelling

Whether swelling is due to injury, surgery, cancer treatment or illness such as sinusitis or fibromyalgia, manual lymphatic drainage massage can reduce pain and inflammation associated with fluid retention. Along with medical attention, it is also very effective for lymphedema, the serve and chronic accumulation of lymphatic fluid. Note that is very important to inform your therapist if you have lymphedema or a damaged lymphatic system so that he or she can adjust your treatment.

Skincare and cosmetic surgery

Manual Lymphatic drainage massage is used in facial treatments to reduce congestion or puffiness. It is also very effective in decreasing swelling and bruising from cosmetic surgery such as breast reduction or implants, liposuction and laser surgery. Spas and skin care specialists use the technique to reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins, wrinkles, rosacea, and acne.

Breast care

Lymphatic massage can reduce pain and swelling following removal of lymph nodes during breast cancer treatment. It can also reduce the discomfort of breast and nipples during and after pregnancy. If received regularly, it may even enhance the function of healthy breast tissue. At Massage & Reflexology of Delaware, we do not provide breast massage but may be able to refer you to a health professional who does.

What is a session like?

Because many lymph vessels are just under the skin, moving the lymph requires very light touch, barely the weight of a teaspoon of water. Practitioners use flat hands and finger pads in painless, rhythmic movements gentle enough to be described as “feather touch.”

Manual lymphatic drainage massage can be used alone or to enhance your regular massage session. Expect it feel much lighter and slower than a standard massage.

Most people experience a manual lymphatic drainage massage as deeply relaxing and some fall asleep. It is possible to feel lightheaded following a session so you may wish to rest for an hour or two afterward. Our Delaware Licensed Massage Therapists advise that you drink extra water after a session to replenish your fluids. Many people report feeling rejuvenated, invigorated or simply lighter in the hours or days following a session.

Your therapist qualifications

Manual lymphatic drainage massage is an advanced technique with various levels of training. It is being used by massage therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurse, and others. Your practitioner will be happy to answer questions about his or her training and experience.

For wellness and recovery

People looking into manual lymphatic drainage massage to reduce the effects of stress, aid recovery form surgery and enhance skin care. It is being used more and more to relieve the discomforts of swelling. But beyond its restorative uses for specific conditions, this gentle yet powerful technique can be key for anyone wish to relax, rejuvenate and improve overall health and well-being.

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