Lymphatic Drainage

 

Overview

Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic system is responsible for detoxifying our bodies; however, lymph flow can become sluggish after cosmetic, orthopedic, or general surgery. Lymph is a fluid that circulates in and around body tissues delivering nutrients and oxygen while carrying away fatty acids, bacteria, and toxins. This vigorous circulation and ultimate elimination of toxins is vital to post-surgical recovery and optimal results after healing. Stimulation of the lymphatic system increases the rate at which the body removes waste, dead cell particles, and inflammatory agents from tissue. Accelerating the lymphatic flow has been demonstrated to reduce post-surgical swelling, bruising, and the risk of infection or scarring.

Benefits

  • Boosts immune system..
  • Regenerates tissue to correct and reduce the appearance of surgical scars.
  • Removes toxins from the body, including the liver and colon.
  • Breaks down congestion in the body.
  • Improves digestion/elimination.
  • Increases circulation, contributing the improvement of skin texture, tone and youthfulness.
  • Increases circulation, contributing the improvement of skin texture, tone and youthfulness.
  • Reduces fluid retention, swelling, and inflammation in and around the surgical site and incisions.
  • Relieves stress, pain, and fatigue.
  • Accelerates post-operative recovery.
  • Supports the immune system by acting directly on the central nervous system to release endorphins, which are natural substances that promote relaxation, pain relief, and a sense of well-being.

Lymphatic Drainage Treatment Plan

For maximum efficacy, post-operative lymphatic drainage sessions may begin one week after surgery. Early treatment increases the likelihood of reduced swelling, bruising and pain, thereby accelerating the healing process to achieve maximum post-surgical results. Typically, 12 sessions of 50 minutes each are recommended according to the following schedule: First week: 3 sessions; Second week:  3 sessions; Third week: 2 sessions; Fourth week: 2 sessions; Fifth week: 1 session; Sixth week: 1 session.  Arrive for appointments well hydrated, eat only a light snack, and urinate before the treatment. Do NOT wear cream or lotion on your skin, and do not drink alcoholic beverages the night before. Plan for a period of movement after your treatment and then a period of rest.

 

Expect a very relaxing low- to moderate-pressure massage that employs techniques designed to move the body’s lymph fluid more vigorously through the lymphatic system.  Your therapist will apply painless pressure to certain areas of the body that have a high concentration of lymph nodes, and many patients doze off because the treatment is so stress-relieving. After the treatment, look for increased urination as well as urine that is darker in color with a stronger odor.

Frequently Asked Questions

“Lymphatic Drainage” sounds like the treatments involves drainage tubes. Is that the case?

No tubes are attached to the patient during this procedure. The “drainage” refers to the acceleration of lymph flow that results in the elimination of toxins through increased urination.

How should I prepare for my session?

A few days before your appointment, start drinking a lot of water or all-natural juices. Wear comfortable clothing and a sports bra for women is recommended. Don’t drink alcohol the night before, and eat very lightly before the appointment. Also don’t wear body lotion or makeup if the face and neck are going to be a focus of attention.

What will the session be like?

Your therapist will apply pressure and stoking techniques in certain areas in a very soothing way. The therapist will concentrate on several key areas of your lymphatic system, including the neck, armpits, abdomen, and hips. Organs such as the liver and kidneys will also be addressed in addition to any other areas where you feel pain, or wish to see molding, skin tightening and texture improvement. Beyond that, you may experience tingling, coolness in your extremeties, or digestive noises as lymph flow begins to detoxify.

How long will the lymphatic drainage treatment take?

It will take about an hour.

How will I feel after the session?
  • Your body will feel clean and light.
  • Your thought processes will be clear and focused.
  • Some joints may spontaneously “adjust” themselves.
  • You may briefly feel lethargy, nausea, muscle aches, pain and fatigue. These symptoms will dissipate quickly as they are signs of detoxification and healing.
  • You’ll see an increase in frequency of urination and bowel movements, which may have a more pungent odor.
  • You’ll experience an increase in sweating and body odor, a sign that toxins are being eliminated.
  • Headaches and pain will dissipate
  • Sleep will be deeper and more restful.
  • Sinus and ear drainage may occur.
  • You’ll feel thirsty and need to hydrate.
Results

Treatment Results

Typical results for Lymphatic Drainage

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Benefits of Swedish Massage

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  • Increases your bodies’ flexibility and improves tissue elasticity as well as reduces pain from the body.
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One of the best ways to detoxify the body from waste and toxins is with a Lymphatic massage. It gives the body immediate well-being and relaxation.

With the gentle form of this massage the lymphatic system begins to move and reinforce immune function. When the body is circulating at a constant course and removing damaging waste the body overall is healthy.

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When the body is stressed the muscle fibers begin to produce knots and ache at a deeper level which calls for a deep tissues massage.

Danik MedSpa Deep Tissue massage will leave you feeling alleviated and restored. A deep tissue massage focuses on deep layers and specific areas of the muscles to release the chronic patterns of tension.

Slow strokes and deep finger pressure is the technique used by our therapist to loosen the body from pain. This therapeutic kneading of a deep tissue massage will soothe and relax the deeply-held tension in your muscles making you feel renewed.

Benefits of Deep tissue massage

  • Elimination of pain
  • Reduction of scar tissue
  • Relief from chronic muscle tension
  • Improved blood circulation in muscles tissue

 

Relaxation Tips

Visualization

Visualizing or imagining soothing and peaceful things actually have a great impact on your mood. Just close your eyes and take a little time to imagine that you are relaxing somewhere calm like a beach. Imagine that you are feeling the cool breeze of the wind brushing off your skin and can hear the splash of the waves in the ocean. This can help you feel calm and will give you the ability to grasp a hold of whatever stressful situation you are in.

Deep Breaths

Taking a couple deep breaths can be very soothing to the mind and body. Take a few deep and slow breaths. Inhale deeply and exhale very slowly, you can repeat this during the day whenever you are feeling overwhelmed. You can even add stretching to your daily routine and that can help alleviate stress.

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