What is lymphatic drainage massage used for:
A lymphatic massage is used to get relief from lymphedema symptoms . This type of massage is indicated to be done by a massage therapist because he will use a special technique to help increase the flow of your lymph fluids in the sites where the person is suffering. The lymphatic drainage technique is different than a normal massage because the massage therapist will apply a light , long, repetitive pressure to the sites where the lymph is to be moved. Gentle, circular pressure will be applied to the sites who need the flow of the lymph fluids out of the body. This way, the fluid will be drained out from affected areas towards the new vessels, being relieved the symptoms associated with lymphederma. It is necessary to talk with your doctor about using this massage as a supplementary method of treatment.
Lymphatic drainage massage benefits:
Lymphatic drainage may benefit some conditions such as: arthritis, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, insomnia, migraines, joint problems, sinusitis, skin disorders, muscular pain, stress.
The massage thearapist will need to know information about your general health, lifestyle, medical history. This way he will establish a program regarding how many sessions you will need to achive positive results.
Before a lymphatic massage is recommended to drink plenty of water to help the body to get rid of toxins, but remember it is not at all recommended to drink alcohol.
How a lymphatic drainage massage works:
The lymphatic massage treatment is done in a heated room, on a massage table , the patient will lay on this table under towels and the massage therapist will apply long, gentle stokes in the direction of the lymph nodes , the most worked areas being groin, armpits and the neck. The session can takes between 30 min – 1 ½ hours, depending on your specific case.
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