Lymph Drainage Therapy

The lymph system is important in the body’s ability to detoxify and rebuild tissue, filter out toxins and foreign substances, recycle crucial substances that escape from the blood and maintain a healthy immune response. The healthy functioning of the lymph system can be impaired by fatigue, stress, lack of physical activity, emotional shock, cold temperatures, infections, substantial swelling, age, chemicals or food additives.

When lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate and body functioning is compromised at a cellular level.

Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) involves a light touch with a wave-like rhythmic movement that enhances the body’s ability to move fluids. It is a very comfortable and relaxing treatment that can be performed on its own or in the same session as other techniques. Lymph Drainage is especially useful for:

  • Lymphedema (swelling due to lymph node damage)
  • Edema (swelling of other types)
  • Detoxification protocols
  • Regeneration of tissues including burns, scars, wrinkles and stretch-marks
  • Relief of chronic inflammation such as:
    • Sinusitis
    • Otitis (ear infection)
    • Bronchitis
    • Acne
    • Allergies
  • Reduction in symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

Lymph Drainage Therapy is very helpful in treatment of recent whiplash or other tissue injuries when extreme tenderness and swelling preclude deeper forms of massage. Along with CranioSacral Therapy it can be used very soon after an accident and will increase the speed of healing and decrease the pain and discomfort of the injury.

For more information see The Upledger Institute's description of lymph drainage.