Manual Lymphatic drainage has cleansing, relaxing, pain relieving and immunological effects. It uses gentle, rhythmic strokes to stretch the skin in the desired direction to stimulate and increase lymphatic flow where it has become sluggish and promotes optimal functioning of the lymphatic vessels.
So, what is lymph?
The lymph system is part of the body’s immune system. It helps fight infection and acts as a toxin filter.
Unlike blood, which is pumped around your body by your heart, the lymph system relies on pressure from your blood vessels and movement from your muscles for its flow. Its function is to transport nutrients and oxygen to all cells, carry white blood cells and antibodies and collect toxins to be eliminated by the liver.
Drinking alcohol, eating too much sugar, drinking too much tea and coffee, living stressed lives in polluted cities are some of the reasons why our bodies may be full of toxins.
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage
Lymphatic drainage can be beneficial for many conditions as well as promoting good health. It can help in:
- reduction of oedema (swelling)
- regeneration of tissues (e.g., from burns and pre & post surgical scarring),
- immune system stimulation,
- reduction of symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia,
- pain relief
- deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression and stress,
- the treatment and control of lymphoedema particularly in patients who have been treated for cancer.
Lymphatic drainage can help in general health by keeping your immune system working properly reducing the chance of you suffering from minor colds and viruses. It can help your body fight off infection and speed up healing and recovery from illness. Lymphatic drainage also helps reduce water retention and boost weight loss by improving your metabolic rate helping to burn calories more efficiently