Manual Lymph Drainage Benefits
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a type of massage focused on the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a huge part of our overall immunity and is also a waste removal system. Manual Lymphatic drainage Massage is hugely beneficial to improved immune function, detoxification, inflammatory conditions, fluid retention and stress relief. It is extremely relaxing and triggers the parasympathetic nervous system- the “rest and digest” system more than other types of massage. This may be due to the extremely slow and rhythmic movements that are used. This treatment has extremely light pressure as the lymphatic system is located just under the skin so it does not work directly on the muscles at all.
What Are The Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Alleviates fluid retention
When the lymphatic system has been damaged or is under pressure due to illness, lifestyle or stress, excess fluid can accumulate around tissues and it is hard for the fluid to move as unlike the blood vessels, lymph vessels have no pump. MLD encourages the fluid to return the nearest lymph nodes for filtering of bacteria, viruses, toxins and waste products and eventually the filtered fluid will end up back in the main circulatory system.
Pain reduction in chronic and inflammatory conditions
Manual Lymphatic Drainage can aid pain reduction by stimulating the deep parasympathetic relaxation response and reducing the stress response. Also it moves inflammatory agents that are present in swollen areas where injury or trauma has occurred such as cytokines and prostaglandins. These agents are primarily helpful when injury or trauma has occurred in the tissues as they produce inflammation, telling us there is a problem. However these agents can get trapped and MLD can help to move them to the nearest nodes.
Reduction in allergy symptoms
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage clears the sinuses and face of allergens and histamines and moves trapped fluid in the face back to the main circulation. MLD helps to clear puffiness and bags under the eyes.
Detoxifying and immune boosting
Lymph carries nutrients to the cells and collects the waste products of the cell to filter and destroy. Lymph also transports white blood cells around the body to defend against infection and disease and filters and destroys harmful agents at the lymph nodes. A more efficient lymph system equals overall increased immunity and elimination of toxins!
Injury pain reduction and swelling reduction
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage can be extremely beneficial to injury healing and pain reduction. It interrupts the pain cycle and reduces swelling which is sometimes responsible for further pain. It decreases recovery time significantly.
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