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What is lymphatic drainage therapy and how can it benefit me?

Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
There are veins and artries in our body to move blood and heart is the pump. Similarly Lymph is the fluid that circulates throughout the lymphatic system. The lymph is formed through body fluid and is collected through lymph tubes to lymph nodes before emptying ultimately into the right or the left major vein, where it mixes back with blood. This is called Lymphatic system. However there has been no pump attached to this system to move the lymph. Muscles work as the pump to move the lymph. Therefore the under performance of muscles would directly affect the lymphatic system. And therefore massage will always enhence the lymphatic system. That is why massage makes one feel good and that is also the reason why MT will advice to drink lot of water after massage.
Larry Tipper (Wilmington, NC) on Oct 10, 2014
Lymphatic drainage is good for when your lymph nodes are infected. It helps flush out the yucky stuff.
Brian Wah (Herndon, VA) on Oct 10, 2014
It works by gently massaging the flow of lymph. Acupuncture is great for allergies.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Lymphatic massage will definitely help with the congestion and drainage.
Josee Knecht (Memphis, TN) on Oct 10, 2014
Lymphatic Drainage is a wonderful, very effective technique that helps your lymphatic system drain stagnant cellular waste out of body via your kidneys and bladder. It is a very gentle, rhythmic type of massage that will detox your body quickly. Select a lymphatic drainage therapist who is certified, and book your appointment before a day off, because sometimes you feel a bit "off" after a lymphatic massage. After 24 hours you should have a lot of energy and feel like all systems are a go. I recommend going once a month. Good luck and take care!
Krystina Morris (Louisville, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
If you have a health issue that keeps lingering, such as a recurring cold or flu or some types of cancer, lymphatic drainage may help. Lymphatic drainage massage is a painless way to restore equilibrium in the lymph system and help the body safely drain toxins.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
It helps clear toxic waste in the body and reduce edema. It is a very light massage.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
The lymph system helps rid the body of waste and toxins. Since the lymph system does not have a pump such as the heart for the circulatory system, movement is needed to help move the lymph fluids. For a health individual, a lymph drainage massage is like a "spring cleaning" for the body and very relaxing. The pressure used by the therapist is very light due to the nature of the lymph system.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
The lymph system helps rid the body of waste and toxins. Since the lymph system does not have a pump such as the heart for the circulatory system, movement is needed to help move the lymph fluids. For a health individual, a lymph drainage massage is like a "spring cleaning" for the body and very relaxing. The pressure used by the therapist is very light due to the nature of the lymph system.
Julie LaFrano (Breckenridge, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Manual lymph drainage massage (also called lymphatic drainage and lymph massage) is a form of very light massage that encourages lymph flow in the body. It is particularly good for detoxification, edema, pre- and post-plastic surgery and post-liposuction. It can also help with cellulite treatments, scar tissue, spider veins, redness and acne.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
A form of medical massage that manually drains excess lymphatic fluid. A painless way to improve overall lymphatic health. If you have edema or pitting edema, it's highly recommended.
Michael Wolfes (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Lymphatic drainage massage is a stimulant for the lymphatic (immune) system. It's concentrated on edema buildup in the extremities (arms/legs) to encourage the flow of lymph. It is recommended after radical mastectomies to redirect lymph away from areas of removed nodes to those which are still present and active, or for anyone with a stagnant immune system.
Devinder Singh (Damascus, MD) on Oct 10, 2014
Lymphatic drainage is a type of gentle massage which opens up clogged valves to encourage the natural circulation of lymph through the body. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes. Lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow. The main difference is the downward opening of valves (for example, from knee to ankle). This soft massage is performed from top (knee) to bottom (ankle) in a half circle with both hands placed across the limb. It is especially beneficial after surgery or the removal of lymph nodes, as in some cancer patients.
Nelda Mar (San Antonio, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Lymphatic drainage is a light pressure technique focusing on lymph nodes. Lymphatic drainage increases lymphatic flow and gets rid of toxins in your body. It helps fight infection and speeds up healing and recovery from illness.
Daniel Cook (Woodinville, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a massage technique/system that seeks to temporarily increase the flow of the lymph fluids through the body. The lymphatic system is an extremely important part of the immune response, and therefore in allergies. In theory, MLD flushes out metabolic wastes and toxins that may have been accumulating up to this point. Your therapist in clearly assuming that toxin build-up is contributing to (but not necessarily causing) your seasonal allergies--which may in fact be the case. Essentially, if your immune system is being overtaxed by toxins and wastes then it may be working too hard, leading to an increase in allergy symptoms. MLD may also remove some of the local irritation to your sinuses. Be aware that many patients report feeling ill after a MLD treatment. This is due to the "dump" of wastes into the body.
Nicole Solano (Hammond, LA) on Oct 10, 2014
Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that helps pump lymph through the lymph system which helps keep your immune system strong. Without proper flow in the lymphatic system, like anything else, it can get back up or clogged. The lymphatic system absorbs fluid, toxins, waste products and foreign substances from the interstitial tissue. Numerous substances (electrolytes, proteins, hormones, toxins, debris) and immuno-competent cells (lymphocytes, macrophages) pass through the regional lymph nodes, where this fluid is filtered, purified and concentrated. Lymphatic drainage moves lymph by stimulating the natural peristaltic contractions of the two to three layers of muscles located along the lymphatic pathways.
Julie Glassco (Saint Clair Shores, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
Lymphatic drainage is often recommended for those with those symptoms. By moving the lymph along, toxins are being transported through the system. Lymph is a very light pressure massage, addressing the the very superficial lymph that is located just below the skin. By helping to move the waste along, blockages are opening, and in turn congestion and swelling is relieved. Many benefits of lymph work include reduction of adema, chronic pain, inflammatory issues and sinusitis. It is also helpful to speed along recovery after surgery, however not immediately.
Russell Fox (Tampa, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Your allergies are your body's reaction to pollen and mold spores that occur each season. These invaders cause irritation and inflammation of the sinus cavities. Manual lymphatic drainage can relieve these symptoms. MLD can stimulate the lymphatic system to remove the congestive material from around the facial area and sinuses. This allows the body's own healing system to do what it is intended.
Paula Irwin (Del Mar, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Your lymphatic system is part of your immune system. Its job is to move larger cellular debris, such as proteins and bacteria, out of the body. The lymph system is stimulated through movement such as walking, jumping and manual lymphatic massage (MLD). The lymph system is comprised of vessels and nodes. The vessels are the freeways carrying the debris and the nodes are the toll booths where the debris is filtered. The cleaned fluid passes forward to rejoin the blood as it circulates back through the heart. MLD uses a slow rhythmic movement, first across the vessel and then with the flow. How will this help allergies and sinus congestion? Allergies occur when substances such as pollen and molds enter the body and create irritation, inflammation and excess fluids. Every bone in the skull has sinuses, small holes. These sinus cavities fill with any excess fluids, causing pressure, congestion and headaches. MLD will clear the pathways so the excess fluids can escape.
Leah Nelson (Salt Lake City, UT) on Oct 10, 2014
Well, lymphatic drainage (and a good massage for that matter) can help with seasonal allergies, but nutrition is really where you want to focus your attention on. I can tell you from personal experience that after finding out my food sensitivities and staying away from the most harmful foods (for me it is dairy), I no longer suffer from horrendous eye-itching, sneezing, and, in bad cases, asthmatic symptoms that used to occur in the spring. A great place to start learning is "eating for your blood type" ( It appears that each individual blood type (O, A, B, & AB), share similar food sensitivities. Also, finding someone who uses Nutritional Kinesiology would be so beneficial and could really nail down specifics for you personally. So, lymphatic drainage can help with the symptoms, but a nutritional approach will get to the root of the source.
Jana Lanier (Springfield, MA) on Oct 10, 2014
Lymphatic massage, or lymphatic drainage therapy, is a technique used to help the increase of the lymph flow. Increasing the lymph flow helps to remove harmful substances from the tissues and boosts the body's immune system. It is possible that lymphatic drainage therapy could help you with your allergies and congestion as it does help to rid the body of toxins and bacteria.
Rob Hundley (Broomfield, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Lymphatic drainage is a very gentle type of massage that targets the lymphatic system, a network that carries lymph throughout your body. Lymphatic drainage focuses on moving the lymph fluid into your body's core. In the example you offer, lymph would be gently massaged from your sinus cavities back down into your chest. This is done with light pressure on your forehead, cheeks and neck. It can be very helpful in relieving congestion. Look for a massage therapist who has received special training in lymphatic drainage for the best results.
Kit Knowles (Portland, OR) on Oct 10, 2014
Manual Lymphatic drainage is a technique designed to enhance the circulation of lymph through the body, using light, rhythmic movements. Its primary purpose is to reduce edema by draining excess fluid from cells and tissues, which frequently occurs as a result of injury. As the excess lymph is removed, the fluid pressure it was exerting is reduced, so you don't hurt as badly. It's good for stimulating immune function, relieving sinus congestion & tension headaches. There ARE some contraindications for MLD, though, so be sure to discuss your health condition with your therapist.
Jayma Temple (Worthington, OH) on Oct 10, 2014
Generally, lymphatic drainage therapy is performed by a trained massage therapist using superficial pressure to stimulate the movement of lymphatic fluid to lymph glands where it can be naturally removed from the body. Your lymphatic system is basically your natural defense system. Lymph fluid moves along your body in much the same way as your blood flows. However, unlike your blood, your lymphatic system does not have a pump. Often the lymph vessels are compacted from a buildup of toxins. They can also "back up" if lymph nodes are removed or damaged. Lymphatic drainage therapy works to move the lymph along its natural lines to drain and remove those toxins and other invaders. The therapist generally works from the top of the body to the bottom and often front to back and then front again. They will first try to stimulate the lymph glands. The largest glands are found on the sides of the neck, the chest, under the arm and at the tops of your legs in the front. After working on the larger glands, the therapist will begin working with slow, superficial strokes to gently encourage the lymph to move toward the closest area of glands. It is very specific work and a good therapist should be able to sense the lymph move. The strokes need to be superficial, as too much pressure will compact the vessels and the lymph will not be able to move through them. For allergie,s a client may prefer to have just the upper body done in their session. Most clients feel very relaxed due to the rhythmic nature of the session. Lymphatic drainage can help with many conditions like lymphadema, but caution should be used depending on the reason for the swelling. Always discuss any medical history with your therapist before having any treatment.
Kathy Anne Resasco (Holbrook, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, also known as MLD, is a type of gentle massage technique that helps move the circulation of lymph. Lymph fluid can stagnate in the sinuses and under the eyes, resulting in puffy eyes and clogged sinuses. By doing MLD ,the lymph is drained away from these areas, opening up the sinus passages and reducing puffy eyes.
Brent Sterling (Saint Petersburg, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
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