If you have noticed an unusual swelling in parts of your body, it may be a sign that your lymphatic system is blocked. This is often a sign of stress, fatigue, insomnia, chronic pain, or digestive problems. Individuals recuperating from cancer, skin disorders, lymphedema, or fibromyalgia may also experience these symptoms. A lymphatic massage is designed to reduce swelling and discomfort, so the lymphatic system can drain properly. Our patients often experience a range of benefits, including better pain management and less fatigue.
What is Lymphatic Massage?
The lymphatic system is responsible for draining various toxins from the body. Lymphatic fluid moves these toxins out of the body, but excess stress, fatigue, and other chronic conditions can get in the way of this process. This often leads to swelling in the arms and legs, also known as lymphedema.
A lymphatic massage, or lymphatic drainage massage, is used to reduce swelling and pain in the target area. This type of massage uses compression and gentle pressure to help drain the built-up lymphatic fluid. The masseuse won’t directly massage the swollen area. They target various muscles and areas of tension to help the body relax, so the lymphatic system will drain naturally.
A lymphatic massage isn’t the same as a deep tissue massage. The goal is to soothe the body rather than physically massage the muscles. That’s why the movements will only affect your skin, not the muscles underneath. It’s also important to maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water when undergoing lymphatic treatments.
The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage
If you are experiencing symptoms of lymphedema, you should see the swelling go down after a few sessions. However, this type of massage is not right for everyone, including those recovering from stroke or heart disease. Consult your doctor for more information before scheduling a lymphatic massage if you have a chronic condition.
Lymphatic massage comes with the following benefits:
- Increased Circulation
- Reduced Swelling
- More restful sleep
- Greater Range of Movement
- Less Pain and Discomfort
- More Restful Night’s Sleep
We have a number of licensed lymphatic massage therapists at Mellow Massage in San Diego. Schedule your appointment today!