Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage


Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, sometimes known as Brazilian Lymphatic Massage, helps speed up the lymphatic flow and decrease congestion of fluid in the body.  MLD is a light, skin-stretching massage that helps promote the movement of lymphatic fluid out of the swollen limb. It should not be confused with a traditional massage.  It is carried out by a Registered Massage Therapist and each session is 1 hour

MLD is specifically focused on the lymph vessels to help the flow of lymphatic fluid. Therapy is applied to your unaffected areas first, making it possible for the fluid to move out of the affected area, or “decongest” the region. MLD helps open the remaining functioning lymph collectors and move protein and fluid into them, as well as to help speed up lymph fluid flow through the lymphatics

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Why does the lymphatic system become slow and sluggish?

There are many reasons the lymphatic system can become congested and slow, but one of the primary reasons is because it doesn’t have a natural pump to help with its circulation.

It relies on muscle contraction and in fluid pressure. Since our lifestyles have become more sedentary and we tend to be dehydrated, lymph flow gradually becomes affected. Tight, dehydrated and restricted fascia can also block lymphatic flow. A large portion of the lymphatic system is located in the superficial fascia. If the fascia is dehydrated and dense, it will block proper lymphatic flow. This is why we occasionally add some fascial release techniques is our treatments

Of course, there are many other causes of congested lymphatic systems such as Chronic disease, medications, kidney or liver issues, scarring around primary lymph nodes, cancers, and many more.

Is Lymphatic Massage safe for everyone?

There are some conditions that can cause lymphatic congestion and should not be treated by Lymphatic Massage, as it could make the congestion worse or cause more issues.

Contraindications for Lymphatic massage

  • Active cancers
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Cardiac insufficiency
  • Renal (Kidney) Failure
  • Active infection
  • Active Blood clots
  • Removal of many Lymph n
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  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Mastectomy of left breast

Lymphatic Massage should not be performed if you have any of the above conditions, but you may still benefit from other massage treatments.