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What is Lymphatic drainage massage?
Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body.
The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues. Some health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up. Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.
What are the benefits?
Lymphatic massage can improve circulation and reduce swelling.
While the heart continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system relies on the movement of smooth muscles to transport fluid through the lymph vessels.
Health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs, where it can causing swelling. This condition is called lymphedema.
People can develop lymphedema as a result of infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, and any condition that damages the lymphatic system.
Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system. Lymphatic massage usually forms part of a treatment program called decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT).
DLT for lymphedema includes:
- lymphatic drainage massage
- compression garments
- skin care
Who can benefit FROM A LYMPHATIC MASSAGE?
Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit people who are experiencing the following:
- swelling or odema
- skin disorders
- digestive problems
- migraine episodes
The authors of a 2015 systematic review concluded that lymphatic massage might be more effective than connective tissue massage in relieving symptoms of stiffness and depression in people living with fibromyalgia.
People should not have a lymphatic massage if they have congestive heart failure, blood clots, kidney problems, infections, or circulation problems. If a person has any medical conditions, they should talk to a doctor before trying a lymphatic massage.
What to expect with a lymphatic massage at Gladstone Massage?
People will receive lymphatic massages from trained remedial and relax massage professionals.
Before the massage begins, your Gladstone Massage therapist will talk to you about your health and lifestyle. They will ask you to lie on the massage table and the therapist will cover you with towels to protect your privacy and to keep you warm. They will use creams or oils to help them to massage your skin smoothly.
Things our Gladstone Massage therapists will be mindful of during a lymphatic massage:
* That their massage movements should affect only the skin, so use gentle pressure and do not press hard enough to feel the muscles.
* To keep the hands relaxed.
* Avoiding swollen or infected areas.
* Avoiding areas of the body that have undergone treatment for cancer.
* To remind you to drink extra fluids, ideally 2 to 4 glasses of water, after each massage to help flush the body.
How do you know if Lymphatic massage is working?
People who use lymphatic drainage massages may notice that their swelling reduces. At the very least, swelling should not worsen.
People who have lymphedema should continue using compression socks or sleeves to prevent swelling.
Those who use lymphatic massages to treat fibromyalgia might experience less stiffness and pain and also notice improvements in their overall health status.
People can also boost their lymphatic system function and help remove more waste from the body using the following methods:
- drinking plenty of water
- staying physically active
- eating vegetables and fruits
- limiting the intake of processed foods
What is the Lymphatic System?
Your lymphatic system’s major roles is to collect excess fluid from the tissues, purify it and return it to the blood stream. This role is important because many substances are continuously leaking out of the blood capillaries into the surrounding tissues. When your lymphatic system fails to sweep up these excess fluids, they can accumulate, cause swelling and potentially increase the risk of infection. An efficient lymphatic system helps to defend your body against germs such as bacteria, viruses & fungi that may cause illness. Luckily, an effective lymphatic systems silently works in the background keeping you healthy.
The lymphatic system drains the fluid into specific regions of your body such as your armpits and groin where there is a concentration of lymph nodes. The lymph nodes contain lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) & some of these lymphocytes contain antibodies that fight off germs (including cancer cells) & stops infection from spreading throughout the body. The good news is that lymphatic massage rapidly speeds up your lymphatic system and its capacity to fight disease and viruses, remove toxins and waste products, reduce swelling, filter lymph fluid and your blood, leading to your better health.
The health benefits of A LYMPHATIC massage
Our Gladstone Massage remedial therapists listen to you and what your unique needs are before each consult, therefore your treatment may require different massage techniques based on your unique requirement, which will be selected with your clinical examination and applied in a way that suits you.
Requirements for benefit payment of remedial massage services at Gladstone Massage will attract a Medibank (Private Health) benefit only if services are provided to patients with an eligible Medibank (Private Health) cover and by a therapist that’s recognised by Medibank (Private Health) and has a current Medibank (Private Health) provider number. Services delivered to patients with an eligible Medibank (Private Health) cover but by therapists that aren’t recognised by Medibank (Private Health) will not will not will not attract any benefit payment.