When people think about manual lymphatic drainage massage they think it’s only for individuals who have lymph problems. Lymphatic drainage has recently become a very useful tool in helping people recover from any type of inflammation. For example, when treating athletes, sometimes we use lymphatic drainage massage to reduce pain and inflammation. The results are impressive, and immediate improvement is evident to the patient.
Lymphatic drainage uses a light pressure that assists the lymphatic system and helps maintain the body’s balance, circulation, and positively affects the immune system. This useful technique impacts blood vessels and lymph nodes that contain water, proteins, and waste products. Lymph nodes filter out the body’s toxins. There are more lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, and groin. These large collections of lymph nodes make sure that the lymph moves through as many nodes as possible before it cycles through your body once again.
Lymph drainage massage, should be performed by a specially trained massage therapist who uses a variety of strokes with a specific pattern of movement. These light strokes are applied without massage oil in order to stimulate the lymphatic system. The strokes are light in order to avoid compressing the blood vessels, therefore allowing lymph to move freely through the nodes.
At East Bridge Massage in Portland, Oregon, our massage therapy specialists are available seven days a week to provide highly technical treatment such as lymphatic drainage to help you meet your health and wellness goals. Call, text, or email today to book.