Your lymphatic system helps eliminate bodily waste. A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural movements of the body do so. However, surgery or other damage often causes excess fluid to accumulate, aka edema. Lymphatic drainage can help to unclog lymph nodes and stimulate drainage of inflammation through the lymph system back into circulation.
Lymphatic drainage therapy, is a technique developed in Germany specifically for treatment of lymphedema. Lymphedema typically develops after lymph nodes are removed during surgery. This most often occurs following mastectomy for breast cancer. Lymphedema can also be present at birth, develop at puberty, or become pronounced during adulthood.
Up to 25 percent of breast cancer patients whose surgery includes removal of lymph nodes eventually develop lymphedema. The condition also occurs in the legs or other parts of the body if lymph nodes are removed.
What makes a good Lymphatic Drainage Tool?
Gentle specificity. Unlike most types of therapeutic massage, lymphatic drainage requires a very delicate touch. You want a lymphatic drainage tool that will fit comfortably in your hand and allow you to apply a gentle stroking pressure. The Knuckleball™ is exactly that. You need no more pressure than the weight of the tool itself.
The groove created by the edge of the knuckle and the ball bass creates a perfect groove for lymphatic drainage. The weight of the tool in your hand is all of the force that is needed. The Knuckleball™ allows you to relax into this gentle treatment . See the Knuckleball™ being used for Lymphatic Drainage below.
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage?
The main task of the lymphatic system is to keep the immune system operating well. It also helps to clean and nourish all the cells in the body, no matter what their function. A poorly functioning lymphatic system affects every part of the body.
Lymphatic massage can help to reduce inflammation and push edema back into circulation. Depending on the area of the body involved, kinesiotape may help to minimize the accumulation of inflammation and help to extend the effects achieved by a lymphatic drainage massage therapist. Ask Dr. Smith about other lifestyle and dietary modifications that may help to reduce inflammation.