Increase immune responses, fluid balance, blood circulation, and remove toxins.
Massages to the lymphatic system can play an important role in healing and warding off disease.
Lymphatic massage, which is sometimes referred to as “manual lymphatic drainage,” “MLD,” or “lymph drainage massage,” focuses on increasing lymph flow to assist in healing through immune response and blood circulation, while removing excess fluid and toxins from the body.
Most recently, lymph massage is commonly used to boost the immune system before or after cosmetic surgery, because it increases nutrients and oxygen to tissues to speed up healing due to lymph flow improvements. It is also used to increase general immune response, alleviate pain/stress, improve the look of skin (particularly the face), and treat skin conditions like cellulite, in which MLD can lead to significant reductions in mass (Effects of mechanical massage, 2010).
During a manual lymphatic drainage massage at Mend Massage & Wellness in Knoxville, TN, a sequence of light pressure and strokes are applied to follow the natural flow of lymph. Light pressure applied to the lymph vessels aids in moving the lymph forward and draining connective tissue.
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Types of Lymphatic Massage
Stress, Pain, and Fatigue Relief
MLD utilizes light touch and continuous movements for a calming effect on the nervous system. These movements are also associated with alleviating pain, flushing toxins via the lymphatic system. Lymphatic congestion reduction may also help with malaise and fatigue.
Healing from Pre/Post Cosmetic Surgery
Lymphatic massage improves the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the tissue through increased blood flow. It can be attributed to quicker healing times, reduced swelling, and less scarring by keeping the tissue flexible.
Immune System Boosts & Healing
The body’s ability to heal from an injury and fight disease is heavily influenced by the lymphatic system. Many chronic illnesses are associated with lymphatic congestion, and lymphatic massage can help to boost blood flow and white blood cells (lymphocytes) to assist in immune response and localized healing.
More Manual Lymphatic Treatments
MLD can be used to assist the healing of a variety of conditions, health issues, and immune system issues. Some of these conditions include:
- Preparing for cosmetic surgery.
- Healing after cosmetic surgery.
- Facial lymphatic drainage (to improve complexion and reduce irritation).
- Localized excess swelling.
- Inflammation that is non-infectious.
- Soft tissue injuries, particularly from sports injuries.
“I absolutely love Ashley! She’s so in tune with your body and is able to read what you need from the massage, whether that’s some sleepy serenity or some deep muscle work! She really knows what she’s doing and I can honestly say I won’t be going anywhere else ever again!“
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