The lymphatic system is the primary component of our immune system; thus, after plastic surgeries like the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), liposuction, or tummy tucks, your lymphatic system becomes overactive and will build an abundance lymph fluid. A lymphatic massage, or also commonly known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), is a gentle massage technique that moves this access lymph fluid to local lymph glands to dispose of unwanted fluid and toxins.
Although many massage therapists claim to know this technique. This massage technique involves a great deal of knowledge of the body’s anatomy. If incorrectly applied, it can cause increase time of recovery, increase the probability to produce lymphedema, and generate added scar tissue (for those post-surgery patients).
This is where I, Carolina Pintos, have credentials that go way beyond just a massage therapy license. I understand human anatomy; having worked with many doctors in Brazil, and now in the United States. Plus, I have over a decade of experience working in several hospitals as a physical therapist.
In this article, I will help explain the benefits of lymphatic massage, and the individuals who may benefit from using this technique.
The benefit of getting a Lymphatic Massage
The lymphatic system relies on the movement of smooth muscles to transport the fluid through the lymph vessels and into the lymph nodes (aka lymph glands).
Surgery, diseases, or health conditions can disrupt the flow of the lymph system and can cause a build-up lymph fluid and toxins in particular parts of the body. This build-up can lead to the development of lymphedema, infections, cancer, and can damage the lymphatic system.
Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system, and prevent the above from occurring. There has even been a study that provided evidence (using an MRI) that a consistent and correctly applied lymphatic massage works.
Who can benefit from getting a Lymphatic Massage
Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit people who are experiencing: Lymphedema, fibromyalgia, swelling or edema, skin disorders, and several other immune system abnormalities.
Most of the clients I have attended are post-op clients, and that is primarily because most plastic surgeries induce the body to go through a traumatic recovery.
It is initially recommended that individuals with congestive heart failure, blood clots, kidney problems, infections, or circulation problems, to avoid lymphatic massage and/or any lymph treatment unless it is recommended by a doctor.
If you have any further questions or comments. Feel free to message me. I am happy to have a conversation.