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Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT)

First, please note that in this treatment "drainage" refers mostly to "flow" or the interior movement of fluids. Inside our bodies, we all have a major component of our immune systems coursing through us to keep us healthy — the lymph system. Without it our bodies would swell up like balloons, swamping our cells with stagnant fluid.

The lymph system's impact is so extensive that it can be hard to fathom how minor aches and pains, low energy or susceptibility to colds and flu may be due to a sluggish lymph system and a compromised immune system. The proper functioning of the lymph system is critical to our body's ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. By addressing the lymph system directly, your massage therapist can help significantly increase the immune system function.

Pioneered by osteopathic physicians and massage practitioners in the 1920s and 1930s to treat chronic sinusitis and other immune disorders, lymph drainage is a very specific massage technique. Lymphatic Drainage Massage can go where Deep Tissue and Swedish massage treatments cannot — into swollen areas. This form of massage stimulates the lymph system with very light pressure in a series of rhythmic, circular strokes to avoid any increased blood flow. The paradox is that such a superficial technique has such a deep impact.

The Benefits of Lymph Drainage Therapy

  • Reduces inflammation and swelling (edemas)
    Good for conditions such as arthritis which often includes joints that are congested with fluid. After long periods of immobility — such as illness, air travel or lessened mobility — fluid tends to stagnate in the tissue making it puffy and tender. LDT clears areas of congestion such as swollen ankles, puffy eyes and swollen legs.
  • Speeds healing
    Promotes scar tissue healing, torn ligaments and sprains. Promotes tissue regeneration and healing post surgery.
  • Relieves pain
    Improves chronic conditions such as sinusitis, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. LDT is a part of the support system for people with lymphedema and other conditions arising from venous insufficiency.
  • Bolsters immune function for preventive and therapeutic effects
  • Detoxifies tissues
    After a period of high stress or at the end of winter, the body will really benefit from lymphatic drainage to reduce the sluggishness.
  • Provides deep relaxation and stress relief
    Aids insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality and memory loss.
  • Improves skin conditions
    Improves acne, eczema and other skin conditions. For a clearer complexion and to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in facial tissue, as well as reducing puffiness around the eyes and other anti-aging effects.
  • Relieves headaches
    Most headaches including sinusitis and allergies have a component of congestion that responds well to lymphatic drainage. Once tissue is decongested, blocked fluid and blood flow improve, reducing pain and discomfort.
  • Treatment for pregnancy and after
    Pregnant women often experience fluid retention and lymphatic drainage can improve comfort especially in legs and feet. Breastfeeding will be enhanced by this treatment, especially when there are problems with blocked ducts and sore, tight breasts.

Please note: Lymph Drainage Therapy is NOT a replacement for medical attention and it is NOT a cure for lymphedema.

 

Lymph vessels create an intimate meshwork that covers every inch of your skin and surrounds each organ. The lymph vessels start very small in what are called the "initial lymphatic". Over 70% of those initial lymphatics are within and just under the skin. The initial lymphatic is a very delicate structure, one cell thick. Those cells are supported within the connective tissue by collagen and elastin fibers that help to anchor them in place.

When the lymph system degenerates through illness, surgery, injury, infection or inflammation, then our cellular function is compromised. This can lead to slower recovery and sometimes profound swelling. With new levels of precision in Lymph Drainage Therapy developed in recent years, massage therapists have methods to achieve more precise outcomes and provide you with a deeply relaxing and effective treatment experience.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR POST-SURGERY PATIENTS
If you have recently had surgery and have had drains placed, you will need to wait 10 days after the removal of the drains before your next appointment with Sauganash Wellness. Please let us know the date of your drain removal when you make your appointment.

 

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Lymph Drainage Therapy

A gentle way to reduce inflammation, relieve pain,
speed healing and more, Lymph Drainage Therapy
is a very specific massage therapy technique.
Find out how this relaxing treatment
can help you.



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