What is lymphatic drainage massage?

Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique which aims to stimulate the lymphatic system which is part of the immune system. Together, these systems maintain fluid balance, filtering toxins/waste products, and transporting lymph throughout the body.

Lymph is a clear fluid containing white blood cells. The lymphatic system relies on physical movements to circulate lymph fluid. Lymphatic drainage massage uses very gentle movements to promote the flow of lymph fluid and to redirect it to the lymph glands. This involves light strokes and rhythmic movements along the lymphatic pathways, focusing on specific areas where there may be blockage or swelling.

What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage?

Lymphatic drainage helps remove excess fluid and waste products from the body, reduce swelling (oedema), and enhance the functioning of the immune system.

When is lymphatic drainage used?

Lymphatic drainage massage is used for various purposes, including:

  1. Reducing swelling and oedema: It is commonly employed after surgery or injury to help decrease post-operative or post-injury swelling.
  2. Supporting the immune system: By improving lymphatic circulation, it may help the body’s immune response by aiding in the removal of waste and toxins.
  3. Managing certain medical conditions: Lymphatic drainage may be part of the treatment for conditions like lymphedema, as well as some circulatory and autoimmune disorders.
  4. Relaxation and well-being: Helps promote overall well-being.

Who provides the treatment?

It’s essential to receive lymphatic drainage massage from a qualified practitioner who understands the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system. Considerations to any specific medical conditions you may have is also important. Our physiotherapist at ProHealth365 Physiotherapy & Nutrition is qualified and trained in lymphatic drainage massage. Your therapist will be able to advise whether this treatment is suitable for you. Click here if you have any questions regarding this treatment.