Why Lymphatic Drainage Massage

If you’re looking for the best place in downtown Toronto and Oakville for a Lymphatic Drainage Massage, look no further than PhysioDNA. Our experienced massage therapists are experts in lymphatic massage and use the latest techniques to help reduce swelling, improve circulation and boost your immune system. We offer a comfortable and relaxing environment, and our state-of-the-art equipment ensures that you get the best possible results. Whether you’re recovering from an injury or just looking to improve your overall health, PhysioDNA is the perfect choice for a top-quality lymphatic drainage massage.

What does lymphatic drainage massage do?

Imagine your body’s lymphatic system as a network of tiny highways that carry fluid away from your tissues, kind of like a waste disposal system. Manual lymphatic drainage is a gentle form of massage that helps expedite this process to help fluid move more efficiently – to improve the flow of lymph fluid and reduce swelling and inflammation.

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) gently stimulates the lymphatic system and is often used to treat conditions such as lymphedema, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. Unlike deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage uses very light pressure and specific strokes to move lymph fluid along its natural pathways. MLD techniques include stretching and releasing the skin in specific sequences which open and close valves in the superficial lymphatic capillaries to move fluid out of the interstitium along the lymphatic system.

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What benefits can manual lymphatic drainage bring?

  • Reduced Puffiness: When fluid builds up in certain areas, it can cause puffiness or swelling. Manual lymphatic drainage can help to reduce that puffiness and leave you feeling lighter and more energized.
  • Detoxification Boost: As lymphatic drainage techniques can help to improve the flow of lymph fluid, this helps your body to eliminate waste products more effectively.
  • Promotes healing: Decongesting the interstitial space by moving fluid along the lymphatic system will promote a healthy tissue environment in the local area
  • Improved range of motion: Decreasing fibrosis and fluid buildup in an area may improve the mobility of a joint..

What conditions can manual lymphatic drainage treat?

  • Post Surgical Swelling: manual lymphatic drainage can target areas of inflammation to reduce fluid build-up in the area. This can be especially helpful after procedures such as a mastectomy, liposuction, lipoabdominoplasty, or other cosmetic surgeries. Studies have found that manual lymphatic drainage had a significant effect on reducing pain, swelling, and tissue fibrosis post-operatively for individuals after plastic surgery
  • Lipedema and Lymphedema: These conditions are characterized by an accumulation of lymph fluid in the body’s tissue and may lead to increased swelling and discomfort. If the body’s ability to reduce fluid build up is impaired, it may lead to an imbalanced amount of fluid and an increased risk of infection. MLD can effectively improve lymphatic circulation, reducing symptoms and promoting health.
  • Fibromyalgia: This syndrome can be accompanied by widespread pain and chronic fatigue; affecting one’s overall mood, sleep, and well-being. Often those with fibromyalgia may be hypersensitive to traditional massage techniques, and the gentle techniques associated with MLD can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) to contribute to pain relief.
  • Digestive Issues: MLD has been found to have effects on enhancing immune function. It may reduce the frequency and severity of digestive flare-ups. Facilitating the removal of waste products through the immune system may result in a healthier gut environment.

Review our Lymphatic Drainage Massage Frequently Asked Questions below:

  • Is it good to drain the lymphatic system?

    Draining the lymphatic system can be beneficial in certain cases, such as when the lymphatic system is not functioning properly or is blocked. This can lead to swelling, pain, and other symptoms. In these cases, a therapist trained in lymphatic drainage massage or other techniques can help to alleviate symptoms by manually draining the lymphatic system. However, it is important to note that self-treatment or draining the lymphatic system without the guidance of a medical professional can be dangerous and should be avoided.

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  • How do I know if I need lymphatic drainage?

    Lymphatic drainage may be needed if you have a condition that affects the functioning of the lymphatic system, such as lymphedema, which is a build-up of fluid in the body’s soft tissue. Symptoms of lymphedema include swelling in the affected area, a feeling of heaviness or tightness, and a reduced range of motion.

    Other conditions that may benefit from lymphatic drainage include:

    • Lipedema, a chronic disorder characterized by abnormal accumulation of fat in the legs and buttocks.
    • Chronic venous insufficiency, a condition in which the veins have trouble sending blood from the legs back to the heart.
    • Post-surgical swelling, edema or hematoma.
    • Fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in certain areas.

    It’s always important to consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis before seeking lymphatic drainage. Your doctor may refer you to a therapist trained in lymphatic drainage massage or other techniques to alleviate your symptoms.

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  • What happens to your body after lymphatic drainage massage?

    After a lymphatic drainage massage, some people may feel a sense of relaxation, lightness, and reduced swelling in the affected area. The massage is designed to stimulate the lymphatic system and encourage the flow of lymph, which can help to reduce swelling and improve the overall functioning of the lymphatic system. Additionally, a lymphatic drainage massage can help to release tension and improve range of motion in the affected area.

    It is also important to note that some people may experience temporary discomfort or mild soreness after a lymphatic drainage massage, especially if the massage is being used to address a chronic condition or if the massage is quite vigorous. This is normal and should subside within a day or two.

    It’s also important to drink plenty of water after the massage as it helps to flush out the toxins that have been released during the massage session.

    It’s also important to keep in mind that lymphatic drainage massage is not a one-time solution, and it may take multiple sessions to see the full benefit. It’s also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet, and to follow your doctor’s or therapist’s recommendations in order to maintain the benefits of the massage.

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  • Does lymphatic massage reduce weight?

    Lymphatic massage is not typically used as a weight loss technique. It is primarily used to improve the function of the lymphatic system, which is responsible for removing waste and toxins from the body. However, it is possible that lymphatic massage may promote weight loss as a secondary effect. For example, if the massage helps reduce swelling in the body, this may make people feel more comfortable and able to move around more easily, which could lead to more physical activity and a higher metabolism. Additionally, lymphatic massage may improve digestion and elimination, which could help the body break down and remove stored fat more effectively. However, it’s important to note that lymphatic massage alone is not a weight loss solution and should be combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise for best results.

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