Have you ever heard of a lymphatic drainage massage? If not, no worries.
This treatment is currently gaining in popularity, with celebrities swearing by it and more and more regular people giving it a try. But what is it, actually? And what can you expect during one?
If these questions sound familiar, this is your article! Keep reading to learn all about the benefits of lymphatic drainage, and decide if this type of massage is right for you.
What to Expect During Lymphatic Drainage
Also known as LDT, this process involves the use of subtle manual maneuvers similar to massage therapy, to aid in the recirculation of the lymphatic flow.
Your therapist will position their hands flat on your body, and use all of their fingers to make wavelike movements. Using this technique, they will detect the rhythm, direction, depth, and quality of your lymphatic flow nearly anywhere in the body.
Then, they will use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic Mapping, also known as MLM, of the vessels. This allows for an accurate assessment of your overall lymphatic circulation, allowing the therapist to determine the best pathways for draining lymph and other body fluids.
How LDT Works
A properly functioning lymphatic system is essential to the body’s ability to drain fluids, detoxify itself, regenerate and grow new tissue, remove toxins and foreign substances, and establish and maintain a healthy immune system.
Unfortunately, the functionality of this system can be hindered or even stopped due to fatigue, psychological stress, lack of physical activity, emotional strain, extreme temperatures, infections, age, and other factors. And, when lymphatic circulation slows, fluids, proteins, and toxins are allowed to accumulate in the body. This can lead to a variety of physical ailments, including fatigue, discomfort, and even premature aging.
Because this treatment works to reactivate the lymphatic system, it can assist the body in processing toxins and free radicals, and stimulate both the immune system and the parasympathetic nervous system. Some of the most commonly reported results include:
- System-wide detoxification
- Relief of chronic pain
- Quicker healing and regeneration of tissue from burns and scars
- Reduction in edema or swelling
- Anti-aging effects
- Relief from conditions associated with inflammation such as acne, eczema, sinusitis, and allergies
- Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Improved digestion and relief from conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
- Reduced adiposis and cellulite tissue
- Deep relaxation and reduced symptoms of stress, depression, insomnia, and memory loss
When combined with other treatments like physical therapy, LDT can also help you heal quickly from injuries, returning to maximum health as quickly as possible.
Feel Better Overall Thanks to Lymphatic Drainage
Now that you know a bit more about the big benefits linked to lymphatic drainage massage, you’re probably excited to schedule your first session. Congratulations! This could well be your first step toward feeling better overall.
Do you have more questions about this treatment type? Still not sure if it’s right for you? No worries.
Contact us with all your questions. Our friendly team is standing by and happy to help. We also provide physical therapy in Tampa, St Petersburg, and other communities near you!