Lymph Drainage Therapy – Lymphatic Massage

Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a light-touch modality employing exacting anatomical science and distinctive manual processes to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow and stimulate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation which are critical for detoxification, regeneration of tissues, and a healthy immune system.

LDT techniques may also be commonly referred to as lymphatic massage and manual lymph drainage.

The importance of the lymphatic system to continued good health

The lymphatic system is a secondary circulatory system comprised of the fluids and materials which are not drained and/or transported by the cardiac circulatory system.  It is also a key and major portion of a properly functioning immune system.

While the circulatory system utilizes the heart as a large pump to push blood throughout the body, natural lymphatic circulation is dependent upon breathing, and body movement.  Injury, inactive life-style, disease, and other factors can result in impaired lymphatic circulation.  When reduced circulation persists it can lead to a buildup of normal metabolic toxins in the tissues resulting in a sluggish feeling and/or recurring colds or flu due to a depressed immune system.

LDT stimulates this circulation of fluid in the tissues following the natural direction of lymph flow and encourages the body to return to its own natural state of health and well-being.

How is LDT performed?

Performed with appropriate draping, a typical LDT session lasts between 60-90 minutes. The practitioner will assess lymphatic circulation and determine the best alternate pathways for draining body-fluid stagnations. Practitioners work with flat hands, using all the fingers to simulate gentle, specific wavelike movements.

When is LDT appropriate?

A LDT session is ideal as an aid in the effort to cope effectively with stresses encountered in daily life as well as to address specific considerations. The process is designed to work in tandem with primary healthcare.

How often should a LDT session be received?

The number and frequency of sessions received varies, yet a minimum series of three sessions is recommended. Maintenance sessions, if needed, should be at intervals of every two to four weeks.

LDT is not recommended for individuals who have a history of circulatory difficulties or cardiac concerns.

What are the benefits of receiving Lymph Drainage Therapy – Lymphatic Massage?

The subtle maneuvers of LDT activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results may be:

  • Reduction in edemas (swelling) of various origins
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Regeneration of tissue, including burns, wounds and wrinkles
  • Relief of numerous chronic and subacute inflammations, including sinusitis, bronchitis and otitis
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such as muscle hypertonus and some forms of constipation
  • Deep relaxation to aid in the reduction of insomnia, stress, loss of vitality and loss of memory
  • Cellulite liberation

Lymphedema and Lymph Drainage Therapy

LDT sessions may safely be received by individuals diagnosed with, or prone to, lymphedema providing the practitioner has completed the appropriate advanced training and certification process.

At A Way of Wellness your practitioner has been trained to perform LDT sessions where lymphedema may be a concern.

Follow the link below to general precautions for the prevention and treatment of lymphedema written by Bruno Chickly, MD available as a downloadable pdf file.