Lymph flow is vitally important to the healthy function of the body. It is a part of the circulatory and immune system consisting of superficial (right beneath the skin) and deep lymph vessels as well as groups of lymph nodes near most of our joints. When the lymph vessels are damaged, or lymph nodes had to be removed for cancer treatment, the lymph flow becomes impaired, and swelling (edema) results beyond the point of restriction.
Lymph Drainage Therapy is applied with very light touch directly to the skin. Making just enough contact to avoid slipping over the skin, a brief, light stretch is applied to the tiny fibers connecting the skin to the lymph vessels directly beneath it. This activates valve like openings in the lymph vessels to absorb excess fluid from the surrounding tissues. Gentle stroking further assists in moving the lymph around the obstacles back towards the heart. This decreases the swelling and discomfort, and helps with the healing of the soft tissue damage associated with stagnant circulation.
Patients generally experience Lymph Drainage Therapy as pleasant and extremely relaxing. The most common use in my practice is in combination with CranioSacral Therapy for headaches, migraines, sinus problems,TMJ dysfunction, and after extensive dental work. It helps also with acute injuries such as fractures, sprains and strains, burns and bruises, surgeries, skin peels, and tooth extractions, among many other uses.