Lymphatic Drainage - Wellbeing
Lymphatic drainage is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that is applied directly to the skin. Developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Emile Vodder, lymphatic drainage techniques are systematically applied to stimulate the flow of lymph. The pressure of touch is extremely light to ensure activation of the superficial lymph capillaries just under the skin.
How does lymphatic drainage work
Lymphatic drainage is a highly specialised hands-on therapy that stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluid through the system. While its primary purpose is to reduce various kinds of oedema, lymphoedema and related conditions, it is equally beneficial within a wellness setting, for those who wish to support waste removal, detoxification and tissue regeneration.
To understand how this works, it is useful to have some understanding of the lymphatic system. Likened to a secondary circulatory system, the lymphatic system is much like a giant waste removal plant that acts as the drainage route for nearly all extracellular fluid. As well as being instrumental in controlling the amount of fluid in the body, it also holds the important job of eliminating waste materials, proteins, long chain fatty acids and cellular debris, and is instrumental in triggering an immune response when bacteria, viruses or signs of infection are encountered.
Waste laden lymph is filtered through a series of one way lymph vessels and nodes to clean and filter the lymph before returning it to the blood stream.
Lymphatic drainage encourages recovery from injury by removing cellular debris, toxins and inflammatory mediators away from the area. It reduces pain associated with inflammation, swelling and loss of mobility, and promotes the healthy formation of scar tissue.
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