The lymphatic system is part of the body’s waste disposal. It clears away bacteria, cell debris, excess water, proteins and wastes from the connective tissue and returns it to the bloodstream. Lymphoid tissue also produces lymphocytes (white blood cells) which are important in the immune system. The lymph system does not have a pump of their own, it depends on the fascia and the muscle movement for fluid movement. Pre-surgery Lymphatic Massage is very important for detoxing the body and to strengthen the immune system in preparation for surgery. Every surgery causes some sort of swelling which is an accumulation of liquid or tissues beneath the skin that can harden (fibrosis). The resulting fibrosis can cause bruising or soreness. The lymphatic drainage massage will help relieve this fibrosis. The buildup of fluids in your body and around the surgical incision area needs to be relieved and eliminated. Doctors often recommend this type of massage. As you receive the massage, toxin-carrying fluids are flushed from your body properly. Post-surgery, your lymphatic system may be damaged or backed up. A certified lymphatic massage therapist can help facilitate the movement of fluid, which will relieve pressure. This allows the lymphatic system to be at the height of effectiveness when you need it most. This massage can speed your recovery, ease discomfort, help reduce stress and anxiety, and prevent - break up scar tissue. This type of massage has many other benefits, too, including detoxification, pain alleviation, and relaxation. Your immune system will also benefit from these massages, which is crucial during a post-operative time of healing.
Hi, I'm Ruth your Lymphatic Massage Advanced Certified Specialist.
It is a specific technique that is both specialized and advanced. Additionally, it should never hurt. I constantly have clients ask me if the massage will be painful - because the image of draining fluids from your lymphatic system doesn’t invoke scenes of serenity. However, it is actually quite pleasant and relaxing. Consider it a custom treatment, as I will target your specific needs to aid in your recovery. These gentle and slow massages usually last from 30 to 45 minutes for a specific area; and 70 to 80 minutes for a Full Body. The protocol is from 5-7 sessions. Other massages (particularly deep tissue massages) could actually hurt you as you’re trying to heal, so it is crucial to choose a massage therapist who has the correct certifications for lymphatic massage.
After your lymphatic massage, it is important to drink plenty of water and get up and move around a bit. Most patients feel very relaxed after their massages and might be tempted to lie down, but a bit of movement will increase blood flow and speed up the healing process. You’ll need to follow your doctor’s specific recommendations for exercise, diet and activity.
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