What is Lymphatic Drainage?
Let’s break down the meaning of Lymphatic Drainage to get an idea of what it really is. Lymphatics refers to the lymphatic system of our body. It is part of our body’s immune system consisting of a vast network of vessels, nodes, and ducts that collect and circulate excess fluid in the body. Its three main functions are drainage of tissue, transportation of fat, and the most well-known function of them all—defence against diseases.
Drainage in Lymphatic Drainage Massage simply means gentle manipulation of particular areas of your body to aid the lymphatic fluid to move to an area where there are working lymph vessels. It’s basically a massage that relieves swelling and blockages and improves the flow of lymph fluid. As such, Lymphatic Drainage is at times, called manual drainage.
What is lymphatic drainage used for?
Most of the time, lymphatic drainage massages are used to prevent lymphedema (or swelling because of lymph fluid build-up in the body after cancer treatment) . But it also can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (joint pain, swelling, and stiffness), fibromyalgia (chronic muscle and joint pain), chronic venous insufficiency (a condition where the leg veins aren’t working effectively, making it hard for the blood to return to the heart from the legs), and lipedema (excess fat accumulation disorder in the body, affecting 11% of Australian women)
Lymphatic massages are a part of a treatment regimen also known as decongestive lymphatic therapy or DLT among health experts. DLT often has the following components: lymphatic drainage massage, compression garments, exercise, and skincare. The end goal is to improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system and help manage lymphedema symptoms and other diseases.
For Health and Wellness
Lymphatic drainage massage should be part of everyone’s health and wellness routine, just like brushing your teeth. More than the relaxing massage you’ll get, it reactivates and re-stimulates the lymphatic system, moving the stagnant lymphatic fluids back into their natural circulation.
Aside from the health conditions mentioned earlier, lymphatic massage is also great for treating acne, digestive issues, puffiness, and migraines and is a great stress reliever as well. Other benefits of having a regular lymphatic massage are the following:
- Boosts immunity
- Speeds up healing and recovery
- Reduces water retention
- Fights off infection
- Speeds up healing and recovery from the cold and flu
- Lessens water retention
- Promotes weight loss
- Aids in post-workout recovery
Reap the benefits of having a regular session with us at Chelsey Jean Lymphatics. Chelseys extensive knowledge and 27 years experience working with the lymphatic system has led to her popular LymFATic gloves, detox and drain cream, and other naturopathic formulated products that promote a healthy lymphatic system.