Lymphatic Drainage Massage
What is lymphatic drainage massage?
Lymphatic drainage massage is a type of massage that focuses on the lymphatic system. It is also known as manual lymph drainage or manual lymphatic drainage.
This type of massage is most commonly used in people with lymphedema. This refers to swelling that occurs when lymphatic fluid (also known as lymph fluid) collects in the body’s soft tissues, and does not drain properly on its own. This lymphatic fluid contains white blood cells.
This most often occurs in the arms or legs following surgery, certain medical treatments, infection, or injury, though it can also result from genetic disorders.
Who can benefit from a lymphatic drainage massage?
Lymphatic drainage massages are most often used to treat people with lymphedema.
They may also benefit individuals with certain other health conditions, including fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
This type of massage is not appropriate for people with liver or kidney problems, blood clots, stroke, heart failure, or current infections. If you have any of these medical conditions, you should consult with your doctor before receiving lymphatic drainage massage therapy.
What does lymphatic drainage massage involve?
Before commencing your massage, your massage therapist will ask you about your goals for the treatment, including the areas of your body that you would like them to spend the most time on during the massage.
You will then be asked to undress. Towels will be used to protect your modesty. Unlike with most types of massage, for lymphatic drainage, you will usually be lying face up on the massage table.
During your massage, your massage therapist will use different massage techniques to apply gentle pressure, stretch the skin, and encourage the movement of lymph fluid.
During your massage, they may use a combination of long strokes and stretching, gliding, cupping, and compressing motions. All of these things help to stimulate the lymphatic system, and make it easier for the lymph fluid to move more easily throughout the body.
What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage?
The benefits of lymphatic drainage massage include that it:
- Encourages the movement of lymph fluid
- Reduces swelling
- Improves blood flow and circulation
- Helps to correct the body’s fluid balance
- Boosts the body’s immune system function
How can I get started with lymphatic drainage massage?
Lymphatic drainage massage is just one of the types of massage we offer at Chiro & Integrative Therapies. We are based in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
To find out more about lymphatic drainage massage, give us a call today on (07) 5607 0161.
Is lymphatic drainage massage covered by my private health fund?
Some private health funds cover lymphatic drainage massage. However, what is and isn’t covered can vary between different insurers and coverage plans. To find out if your private health fund covers this type of therapy, check with your insurer directly.
Who will be performing my lymphatic drainage massage?
At Chiro & Integrative Therapies, lymphatic drainage massages are performed by one of our qualified massage therapists, who are experienced in this type of massage.
Does lymphatic drainage massage hurt?
No. Because only gentle pressure is applied during this type of massage, you should not experience any pain or discomfort during this treatment.