Manual lymphatic drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage massage includes the application of gentle massage strokes directed towards specific lymph nodes. Our Sports Therapists can use lymphatic drainage massage techniques to reduce swelling, increase healing, increase circulation and promote relaxation. Lymphatic drainage massage is used to assist the body’s natural lymphatic system. The function of the lymphatic system is to transport and remove swelling, waste products and toxins from the body.

Manual lymphatic drainage is a process whereby the lymphatic system transports lymphatic fluid containing waste products and toxins from the body’s cells to specific lymph nodes where they can be expelled from the body. The lymphatic system consists of lymph flow, lymph vessels and lymph nodes. Lymph flow consists of lymph fluid containing white blood cells which transports toxins and waste products from cells to lymph nodes. Lymph vessels such as lymph capillaries are channels used to transport the lymph flow to lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are small circular structures located throughout the body which contain many immune cells which can fight and destroy bacteria, waste products and toxins. Lymphatic drainage can be extremely beneficial in a number of circumstances. Our Sports Therapists use manual lymphatic drainage during the presence of;
  • Swelling
  • Post-surgery
  • Post-injury
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Swelling can occur for a number of reason such as injury, trauma or poor healing. If left untreated, swelling can cause pain, limited range of movement and reduced performance. Lymphatic drainage can help improve lymphatic circulation and help reduce swelling formation. An increase in lymphatic circulation can increase the removal of waste products, toxins and bacteria from the body. An increase in blood circulation can increase tissue repair by bringing macrophages and fibroblasts to damaged cells. When manual lymphatic drainage is applied to swelling, the benefits include a reduction in pain, improvement in movement and promoted healing.

Manual lymphatic drainage can assist recovery post-surgery such as following cosmetic liposuction. The physical stress experienced during surgical procedures can result in an increase in scar tissue, the production of swelling and an increase in pain. Manual lymphatic drainage can address the swelling present immediately after surgery which can promote healing, range of movement and decrease pain.

Manual lymphatic drainage can be beneficial post-injury when applied up to 72 hours following the injury when swelling is most paramount. The lymphatic system does not have a pump and can therefore become overrun when injury, inflammation or disease occurs. Manual lymphatic massage acts as a pump for the lymphatic system which can assist in the transportation of lymph flow and swelling. The application of manual lymphatic drainage massage can increase lymphatic circulation towards active lymph nodes which can reduce the volume of swelling and promote healing.

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The Sports Therapists at Massage.physio.co.uk can use Manual lymphatic drainage massage techniques to provide a number of benefits such as;

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