MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE
Within us all there is a silent system working to keep us healthy- the lymph system.
Without it our bodies would swell up like balloons, swamping our cells with stagnant
fluid. The lymph system's impact is so far reaching that many don't even realize
that minor aches and pains, low energy or susceptibility to colds and flu may be
due to a sluggish lymph system and a compromised immune system. In this article
we’ll discuss the anatomy of the lymph system, what happens during edema and
how lymph drainage massage can help, as well as contraindications to lymphatic
mass Lymphatic drainage massage is a profound technique to help increase lymph
flow. With an increase of lymph flow immune function is increased. Harmful
substances are removed from the tissues and neutralized in the nodes.
It has also been shown that an increase in lymph flow stimulates an increased
production of lymphocytes- enhancing immune function. Lymphatic drainage
can be applied to clients whoa re suffering from a lack of energy, or a sluggish
immune system. Lymphatic drainage massage is also useful when working with
clients who have sports injuries. After the initial inflammatory stage has passed,
lymphatic work can be applied after Sports or Neuromuscular massage has been
completed. This will help to clear the tissue of debris, and help to reduce the
minor edema that sometimes occurs after deep massage. Continued applications
of lymphatic drainage while the client is healing can help to enhance the tissue
regeneration process by keep the tissue as healthy as possible. Not only is
lymphatic drainage useful for sports injuries, but it can also help scars.
Lymph work has been shown to help the scarring process by enhancing
circulation and immunity. As the lymph flow around the scar is increased,
lymph vessels that have been damaged are stimulated to heal, and the increased
lymph flow also draws away toxins, improving the health of the tissues
For the most part lymphatic drainage massage is safe. With such a light
touch,the danger of causing damage to the tissue is slim. However,
there are a fewconditions that are contraindicated, and these happen
when an increase of lymph flow would be detrimental. It is required to get
clearance from their doctor when some conditions are present as:
Acute inflammation, Malignant tumors, Thrombosis and major heart
problems are all contraindications to lymphatic drainage massage.
Lets look at these one at a time. Acute inflammation caused by bacteria,
viruses, poisons or allergens is contraindicated. You can tell if this is the
case because the tissues will be hot, red and painful, with congestion
accompanied by fever. Lymphatic drainage massage will push these
substances into the lymph channels before the body has a chance to
eliminate them through phagocytosis in the interstitial spaces.
If performed, lymphatic drainage can spread the toxic substances
throughout the body. It will be better to wait a few days until the
condition is not acute, and the body has had a chance to clean up the area . Malignant tumors are a contraindication for lymphatic drainage massage
because of the fear of spreading the cancer. Wait until after the malignancy
is treated to perform lymphatic drainage massage. Thrombosis and phlebitis
are two conditions that can lead to free floating blood clots.Usually people
with these conditions will be in a hospital on blood thinners.If you are working
in a hospital setting, do not work on these patients. Inyour practice,
one indication of a possible femoral thrombosis is when theclient has pain in one
leg and a sudden swelling and bluish discoloration ofthe skin. People who are
bedridden have a greater likelihood of developingthrombosis in the legs.
Majorheart problems. If the heart is not fully functioning the edema can
belymphodynamic, due to lack of venous return. Putting more fluid into
the heartwould only stress it more, worsening the condition..
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