Manual Lymph Drainage

What is manual lymph drainage?

Manual lymph drainage is a gentle soft tissue technique that targets the lymphatic system of the body. The techniques used focus on moving interstitial and lymphatic fluid into the lymph capillaries through the lymph vessels and nodes. Lymphatic fluid is made up of metabolic and muscular wastes created by red and white blood cells, lactic acid and other chemical reactions that occur within the body. Rhythmical, light, circular movements direct the fluid to the lymph nodes and vessels which are carried to the kidneys and eliminated through the urinary system.

What are the benefits?

  • Decreases swelling due to injuries (sports or trauma)          
  • Increases healing time after surgery          
  • Boosts the immune system          
  • Helps decrease the early signs of cellulite         
  • Detoxification

What ailments and discomforts can be soothed by manual lymph drainage?

This full-body treatment is specifically designed to treat lymph-edema which can be caused by several health conditions and is good therapy for clients who experience: 

  • Venous insufficiency
  • Post-breast reconstructive surgery
  • Post lymph node removal 
  • Pregnancy
  • PMS
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports injury
  • Radiation therapy with the approval of a medical doctor
  • Skin or muscular trauma
  • Fatigue
  • Low energy levels
  • Chronic pain

Manual lymph drainage should not be performed on clients who suffer from:

  • Acute Infectious diseases
  • Early-onset of inflammatory disease
  • Fever
  • Serious venous and circulatory issues (ex: thrombosis, embolism, and phlebitis)
  • Major cardiac problems (ex: acute angina pectoris, heart attack)
  • Hemorrhage
  • Malignant cancers

How often should I receive treatments?

Individual treatment plans and protocols are created by our massage therapists for clients with specific goals or seeking treatment of an ailment. 4 Elements Massage Clinic recommends 1 – 2 sessions per week for the first 4 weeks, with a re-assessment after 4 weeks. Special or advanced cases are referred out to a Certified Lymph-edema Therapist.