Read the words “lymphatic drainage” on a Miami massage therapy menu and you might imagine something very different from the actual experience. Lymphatic drainage massage consists of specific movements used to lightly push lymph through the system, helping drain it from tissues and move throughout the body.
Lymphatic drainage is commonly used to treat lymphedema or lymphatic obstruction. Lymphedema is a condition where a compromised lymphatic system causes fluid retention and tissue swelling. Causes of lymphedema include heart problems, tight-fitting clothing, and injuries like sprains and fractures. Lymphedema can also occur as a side effect of chemotherapy treatments and surgeries performed to remove breast, colon and prostate cancers.
Lymphatic drainage cleanses the body of the waste collected in tissues when lymph becomes trapped. By draining lymph, patients can benefit from decreased swelling, reduced cellulite, an improved immune system and more.
What It Means to Drain the Lymph
The lymphatic system is an integral part of the circulatory system. One of its main functions is to help defend the immune system. Lymph vessels travel to our lymph nodes where they contain immune cells, and then beyond to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. This process is very important to our overall health; because once fluid from lymph is filtered any disease causing organisms are killed.
If lymph vessels become blocked or unable to move it can create very serious health conditions. If lymph vessels or nodes become damaged or go missing, the fluid cannot move quickly causing it to pool up in body tissue. This pool of lymph creates swelling, also known as lymphedema. Overtime this fluid retention can prevent oxygen from traveling to the bloodstream and interfere with the healing process.
Symptoms of lymph blockage or lymphedema include:
• Swelling of part or all of your arm or leg, including fingers or toes
• A feeling of heaviness or tightness
• Restricted range of motion
• Aching or discomfort
• Recurring infections
• Hardening and thickening of the skin (fibrosis)
The process of draining the lymph is necessary to prevent pooling, and help lymph vessels travel throughout the body. To help decrease swelling, lymphatic drainage massage Miami therapists gently press and move their hands along the body in specified strategic directions.
Relax and Let Go of Unnecessary Waste
Lymph blockage can also lead to access waste and cellulite. A Miami massage therapist can help remove lymph from tissues back on its correct path towards the lymph ducts and back to the cardiovascular system.
Relax and enjoy as lymphatic massage therapists use light sweeping manual lymph drainage movements to encourage the flow of lymph. Stronger strokes are used to cause lymph to flow into the lymphatic vessels deeper within tissues. Specialized strokes are used to soften fibrotic tissues in patients suffering from hardening or thickening of the skin.
Lay back and enjoy the cleansing effects of lymphatic drainage. Schedule your appointment today.