What Is Lymphatic Drainage?
Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle massage which will aid the circulation of lymph. The lymph carries away waste products through ducts and lymphatic stations to the cardiovascular system. The circulation of lymph is possible because of intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of the lymph vessels. Manual lymphatic drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.*
When Was It Discovered?
This type of therapy was discovered in the 30’s while treating sinusitis and other immune diseases by a danish couple Dr. Emil Vodder and Estrid Vodder. They started to study the lymphatic system and developed this technique of gentle massage to facilitate lymphatic drainage and reduce inflammation.The treatment was introduced for the first time in Paris in 1936 and after their return to Copenhagen the Vodders started training practitioners to use this type of massage.
Interruption of the flow of lymph primarily after surgery can result in swelling. It is common after aesthetic procedures ( face lift, liposuction, etc.) or cancer therapy when the lymphatic channels are disrupted.
Gentle massaging can help with circulation of the lymph, thus reducing the edema.
What Are The Benefits?
This type of treatment was also found effective as a stimulant of immunity and removal of toxins from the body. Can be beneficial to individuals who suffer from frequent infections, like sinusitis.*
It is a very specialized technique which requires formal training and can only be practiced by trained personnel.
Several sessions may be required to achieve the best results.
You can have full body lymphatic drainage massage or just facial massage to reduce facial and neck swelling and to improve the results of other therapies you may have undergone.*
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**Results may vary. Unless noted otherwise, testimonials are of real patients who have completed treatment(s.) Before and after images reflect real results from real patients, although individual results may vary. Statements estimating treatment duration and the amount of treatments required are based on the typical experience of patients of Park Avenue Medical Spa, however, duration and amount of treatments needed may vary per client. A guarantee is neither provided nor implied.