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.
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.