Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle massage technique performed to help aid the circulation of lymph. Lymph is a fluid in the body that helps carry away waste and toxins. The lymphatic system relies on the contraction of smooth muscle fibers to circulate through the body. Manual lymphatic drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
This therapy was discovered in the 1930s by Dr. Emil Vodder and Estrid Vodder, who were treating sinusitis and other immune diseases. They started to study the lymphatic system and developed this technique of gentle massage to facilitate lymphatic drainage and reduce inflammation.
Most men and women can undergo lymphatic drainage massage. This technique is often recommended after cosmetic procedures. However, patients with certain medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure or deep vein thrombosis, may not be good candidates.
Lymphatic drainage massage has been found to be effective at stimulating the immune system and the removal of toxins from the body. This treatment may be beneficial to individuals who suffer from frequent infections, like sinusitis.
This massage technique is very specialized and requires formal training. Lymphatic drainage massage should only be practiced by a trained professional.
Interruption of the lymphatic system often occurs after aesthetic procedures or cancer therapy, resulting in swelling.
You may undergo lymphatic drainage massage on the entire body or the face and neck area to minimize swelling and improve the results of other procedures you may have undergone.
After your massage, you may feel slightly fatigued or sore, but these side effects should dissipate quickly. However, many patients report feeling more energized after their massage. Swelling and bloating should be reduced. Several sessions may be required to achieve the best results.