Lymph Drainage Therapy
Lymphatic drainage therapy is a type of gentle massage intended to stimulate and support the natural drainage of the lymph towards the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses very gentle pressure in rhythmic flowing patterns to support and facilitate lymph flow. Clients report deep relaxation, improved circulation, and reduced swelling. Lymph drainage is often used by dentists, clients with lymphedema, pregnant women, and those with traumatic injury. Those with congestion and/or swelling can also learn simple self-help strategies for daily care.