Manual Lymphatic drainage is a therapeutic technique that uses gentle massage to stimulate the lymphatic system and promote the flow of lymphatic fluid. The history of lymphatic drainage can be traced back to the early 20th century, when a Danish massage therapist named Emil Vodder developed the technique as a way to treat chronic sinusitis and other lymphatic disorders. Vodder’s method, which he called “manual lymphatic drainage,” was based on the idea that stimulating the lymphatic system could help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
In the decades that followed, lymphatic drainage became an increasingly popular treatment for a wide range of conditions, including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, it is commonly used as a post-operative treatment for plastic surgery. The reason for this is that plastic surgery can cause swelling and fluid accumulation in the affected area, which can impede healing and lead to complications such as infection and scarring.
Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Lymphatic drainage is a gentle and effective way to reduce swelling and improve circulation, making it an ideal post-operative treatment. It is also used to help reduce scarring by breaking down fibrous tissue and promoting collagen production. It helps to relieve pain and discomfort, and improve range of motion. When performed by a trained therapist, lymphatic drainage can also help to reduce the risk of complications and improve the overall outcome of the surgery.
How Manual Lymphatic Drainage is Performed
Lymphatic drainage massage is performed by a trained therapist who uses a combination of light strokes and gentle pumping motions to stimulate the lymphatic vessels and encourage the flow of lymphatic fluid. The therapist will typically begin by working on the affected area, using light strokes to stimulate the lymphatic vessels and promote the flow of lymphatic fluid. As the massage progresses, the therapist may use deeper strokes and more pressure to break up any blockages and encourage the flow of lymphatic fluid.
The massage is typically performed using light pressure and long, flowing strokes. It is a very gentle technique that is designed to be comfortable and relaxing for the patient. It is usually performed in a series of sessions, with each session lasting between 30 minutes and an hour.
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