The lymphatic drainage is a slow and gentle lymphatic massage intended to restart the circulation of the lymph, a colorless liquid which moves in the lymphatic vessels draining toxins and cellular debris.
In fact, a manual lymphatic massage promotes and accelerates the lymph’s flow through capillaries and lymphatic vessels to the lymph nodes. This massage allows the lymph reintegration into the bloodstream, preventing stagnating in legs, face or stomach
With a medical prescription, linfatic drainages performed by our physiotherapists are reimbursed by your insurance.
Manual lymphatic drainage: how is performed
It is done by moving the hand’s fingers and palms all over your body, following the direction of the lymphatic flow and varying the pressure: It is a decongestion measure stimulating the lymphatic vessels motricity and facilitating the capacity of transporting excess tissue fluid.
The most used method is the Vodder one, from the doctor that invented it.
Lymphatic drainage massage: benefits and applications
The lymphatic drainage can be used to reduce tissues water retention and for wellness if you have heavy legs, varicose veins and venous insufficiency.
Also, it is very useful in reducing a lymphedema, which is a swelling caused by lymph accumulation usually during the last months of pregnancy.
After cancer surgery like a mastectomy, removal of the breast, the patient will have manual lymphatic drainage sessions to reduce the arm edema.
Finally, a manual lymphatic drainage is very beneficial if you feel tired; it provides a strong relaxing and calming effect, while stimulating the immune system.
Healthy lifestyle to stimulate the lymphatic system
Let’s move: regular movement it is really important! Exercise promotes circulation and specifically the lymphatic one because the lymph is not directly pumped by the heart like arterial blood.
The right diet: Any excess weight gain will interfere with the lymphatic return so it must be avoided also by following a balanced diet with low or no added sugar, limited animal proteins and lot of vegetables and water.