What You Should Know About Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy

Lymphatic massages boost the performance of the lymphatic system to clear excess fluid from body tissue and allow fluid to move to the lymph nodes. Drainage issues can happen due to short-term illnesses like a virus, following cancer treatments, or an excessively sedentary lifestyle. Injuries and other health problems can also cause slowed or blocked drainage. 

The people who benefit from lymphatic drainage massage therapy can include those with mild symptoms to people with severe fluid retention. When performed by a trained massage therapist, the technique can boost overall wellness, potentially strengthen the immune system, and address specific health concerns.

Numerous Potential Benefits

Lymphatic drainage massage is a beneficial treatment for lymphedema, a health condition that causes severe fluid retention. The massage is also helpful for mild fluid accumulations that cause people to feel stiff and achy. It may also relieve headaches and improve the immune system so people potentially contract fewer viruses. There are many other potential benefits, including

  • The reduction of symptoms common with rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • Improved blood circulation through the veins.   
  • A sensation of less heaviness in the body and better mobility for those with lymphedema.     
  • A lower risk of cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection common for lymphedema patients.

Comforting Massage Technique

A massage may seem unappealing to someone who feels unwell or is in pain. Some techniques, like a deep tissue massage, can cause discomfort. A lymphatic drainage massage is a pain-free and soothing treatment. The therapist will use a firm but gentle massaging motion to direct fluid movement for drainage. The client may feel light pressure or a tug on the skin, but these sensations should not cause pain or stress.

Minimal Risks Involved

Lymphatic drainage massage is a safe treatment method that rarely causes side effects. Some people may feel symptoms that can happen with any massage technique, like nausea, fatigue, and headaches. Attending the therapy session well-rested and hydrated can help to reduce or alleviate these side effects. Plan a restful day after the massage and continue to hydrate. A lymphatic massage does cause the body to process fluids through the lymphatic system more effectively, and people urinate more frequently until the system regulates.

A lymphatic massage can help many people, but it is not the best treatment for everyone. Anyone with certain health conditions should talk to their doctor before getting any type of massage. Some examples include those with heart conditions, cancer, kidney failure, current infections, or blood clots.

Contact a local service provider to learn more about lymphatic drainage massage therapy.