Lymphatic Drainage - Wellbeing
Lymphatic drainage is a 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 health and vitality.
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.
Lymphoedema therapy could be seen as an umbrella term that refers to so much more than manual lymphatic drainage. It sits within a larger system of training called lymphology; a branch of medical science concerning lymphatic related functions, mechanisms and pathophysiology.
While the hands-on component of lymphoedema therapy looks and feels quite similar to lymphatic drainage that is applied for general wellbeing (or for people who are otherwise well), hands-on treatment within the lymphoedema setting is unique in a number of ways.
Lymphoedema therapy refers to a range of treatment methods, including manual lymphatic drainage, scar tissue therapy and the application of compression garments, lymph taping and bandaging (combined decongestive therapy) where required.
Massage requires little introduction as it is perhaps the most instinctual response
to any ache or pain. The benefits of massage are well researched, and the therapy is used around the world through every part of life from infancy to end of life. “Research supports the belief that touching in a structured way is a very important if not absolute need of all living beings…. Touch is… the very essence of our survival, not simply a matter of well-being.” (Fritz, 2004)
Craniosacral therapy emerged in the osteopathic tradition. The ‘cranial concept’ was developed by Dr William Sutherland in the late 1800’s, and continues to evolve to this day. Sutherland investigated the motion of the cranial bones, and found that all tissues in the body are inherently motile, and as such are engaged in a rhythmic ‘breathing’ like movement that permeates the body. Sutherland called this ‘primary respiration’. which is separate to and distinct from 'lung breathing'.
This inner breathing or rhythmic motion is an expression of health and facilitates communication between the cells of the body. When the body is exposed to physical, emotional or environmental trauma these rhythmic movements or patterns of health are disrupted and the body’s ability to express health is impaired. The impact of these stressors on the body may result in a wide range
of health concerns.
Body therapy sessions are tailored to meet the client's individual needs. If you are unsure what type of therapy is best suited to your health concerns, please contact Intouch Health to discuss.
The number of treatments required will vary, depending on the duration and severity of health concerns. Many report significant change after just a few sessions, while others prefer to attend on a regular basis to maintain optimum health while living with long term health concerns.
Body therapy sessions are tailored to meet the client's individual needs.
If you are unsure what type of therapy is best suited to your health concerns, please contact Intouch Health to discuss
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