Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialized massage type that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, and immune system. The lymphatic system is composed of vessels, nodes, lymphatic fluid, waste products. Lymph nodes, which filter out the debris, are found throughout the body, with especially large groups of them in the neck, armpits, and groin. These major collections of lymph nodes ensure that the lymph passes through as many nodes as possible before it returns to the circulatory system.
During a lymphatic drainage massage, we use our hands to create movements that stimulate the lymphatic system. This allows the lymph to flow through the tissues and lymph nodes. A lymphatic massage technique is effective for pain relief, muscle tension, digestive problems, cellulite, allergies, headaches, and a long list of other issues. It’s also being used following cosmetic surgery to reduce swelling and flush by-products of anesthesia out of the body.
POST OP LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE
It is normal right after cosmetic procedures such as liposuction and tummy tuck, to notice hardened or lumpy areas. This post-surgical lymphedema is caused by inflammation and trauma from the cannula (instrument that sucks out the fat) moving under the skin. Channels are formed by the cannula that can fill up with fluid and the tissue becomes swollen.
A Post Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage assists in moving the fluid by gently pumping it back into the lymph vessels and helps reduce the discomfort related to swelling. Without Lymphatic Drainage the inflammation can convert into fibrosis (a permanent hardening of the tissue) or a seroma (pocket of serum) can form. A Post Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage greatly expedites the healing process and reduces bruising and swelling. This is NOT traditional massage. It is a specialized massage that uses a gentle, rotating, and pumping motions to move lymph fluid.
Post Op Lymphatic Drainage Massages can be started the day after surgery. On average most patients need approximately 4-6 weeks of treatments.