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What Is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

By March 23, 2020April 7th, 2020No Comments

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Vodder Technique)?

Lymphatic massage, or “Manual lymphatic drainage” is a powerful, natural, and effective way to flush lymphatic fluid out of the body.  It is most often used to improve immune system functioning, or to remove excess lymph fluid – a condition also known as Lymphedema. Lymphedema, most often causes visible swelling which is due to lymph fluid retention.

This manual therapy consists of specifically sequenced series of gentle rhythmic stroking motions that not only sooth and relax but stimulate the circulation of lymph in order to speed up waste removal in the body.  This is also accompanied by gentle flushing or pumping of lymph nodes, which act as oil filters for the lymphatic system.

Who can perform a Lymphatic Drainage Manual Therapy?

A Massage therapist with specialized training in the Vodder Technique can perform this painless, relaxing and effective manual therapy. Performing an effective lymphatic drainage massage requires special knowledge, training and experience. The therapist must understand how the lymphatic system works, both anatomically and physiologically, in order to move the fluid effectively. Certified therapists are often referred patients by medical doctors for treatment of several acute and chronic conditions.

What body conditions can warrant Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

There are many benefits of manual lymphatic drainage, below are just several conditions where symptoms were improved by lymphatic drainage massage.

Lymphedema– This condition occurs when the lymphatic system is damaged by surgery, radiation (including cancer treatments), or trauma. Lymph fluids and proteins are prevented from moving throughout the body causing water retention, swelling, pain and even infection. Combined with physical therapy, compression stockings and elevation, lymphatic drainage massage can be an effective treatment.

Arthritis- Fluid tends to stagnate in the tissues after long periods of immobility causing puffiness and tenderness. Conditions such as Arthritis have joints that are congested with fluid that could benefit from manual lymphatic drainage to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Fatigue– If someone is suffering from being constantly tired or fatigued it may well mean that their lymphatic system is not working as well as it might.  When our lymphatic system becomes sluggish our general energy level will drop. Manual Lymphatic drainage paired with adequate exercise and proper nutrition can be successful in improving overall sense of well being.

Pre and Post Plastic Surgery– Many cosmetic procedures can result in the accumulation of excess lymph fluid in the body including liposuction, breast augmentation and breast reduction. Lymphatic drainage may be the most effective natural means of addressing common post-surgical Lymphedema. It has been shown to significantly reduce swelling which can become one of the most uncomfortable aspects of a patient’s recovery. It should also be noted that a few sessions of pre-surgery lymphatic drainage is also recommended, as it can clear excess fluid and make cosmetic surgical procedures easier for the surgeon.

Eczema and Acne- Eczema can be caused by the body releasing toxins through the skin because they are not being removed appropriately through The lymphatic system properly.  Manual lymphatic drainage can help to resolve this.

Skin condition and appearance– For cosmetic purposes, manual lymphatic drainage can improve the overall look of your skin, by fighting cellulite and improving spider veins, scar tissue and even acne or redness.  A major cause of cellulite buildup and other skin conditions is decreased lymph circulation. Lymph contains white blood cells and helps to flush the fluid waste from the body, and supplies the cells with the nutrition they require for healthy skin.

Sinus and congestion– Sinus congestion happens when our mucous flushing system is shut down and becomes blocked. This can occur when we develop a cold, an allergy or if there is an obstruction or swelling in the drainage passages. A specific sinus and Lymph Drainage technique is utilized for clients with sinus problems, sinus congestion, allergies, pressure in the head and face, headaches, chronic upper respiratory infections and other indicators of a congested lymphatic system.

Migraines & Headaches– Manual lymphatic drainage and massage in general can both be helpful in the treatment of migraines and headaches.  Some of the causes of headaches can be muscle tension around the neck and shoulders, but there can also be much congestion in the face and head area.  Lymphatic drainage massage will serve to relax and ease out the muscles and reduce the congestion.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding- Lymphatic drainage massage can help reduce fluid retention in pregnant women improving comfort especially in the legs and feet. Breast swelling of engorgement and plugged ducts associated with the beginning stages of breast feeding can also be improved with Manual lymphatic drainage. Fixing these two problems can help reduce soreness in the breasts and nipples ultimately leading to the better productiveness of breastfeeding allowing a mother to continue providing the health benefits of breast milk to her child.

Weight Loss– Manual lymphatic drainage improves your body’s circulation which stimulates the metabolism. If you have a slow working lymphatic system then you will also have a slow working metabolism which will stunt all work towards weight loss. This process also helps to clean the body by using the improved circulation to bring bodily waste towards a better, more effective removal process. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked or begins working slowly then it effects all of the body. All of the toxins that your body will normally throw away will then be soaked into other organs and can cause other harmful health conditions, including but not limited to weight gain.

Overall Benefits of Massage

Individuals who receive manual therapy or massage in general have had success in the reduction of symptoms associated with stress, muscle tension, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, pain, insomnia, depression, loss of vitality and more.

Consider adding massage therapy to your lifelong routine to promote overall wellness and prevent future ailments. As regular dental checkups prevent tooth decay, include massage therapy into your routine to prevent many of the physical and emotion stresses that occur on the body.

If you are experiencing any of the above conditions or general Lymphedema now for any reason, or planning to undergo cosmetic surgery, please do not hesitate to contact (215) 283-2844 to discuss Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage.