Lymphatic drainage massage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), is a mild kind of massage used to reduce the pain of lymphedema in your arms and legs. Lymphedema is a common complication for women recuperating from breast cancer surgery.

In this blog, learn more about lymphatic drainage massage and why you should try it!

What is a lymphatic drainage massage?

Before we go into what is a  lymphatic drainage massage, it is vital to understand the purpose of the lymphatic system.

Your lymphatic system is referred to as your body’s “second immune system.” But, it doesn’t just stop at immunity because the job of the lymphatic system goes far beyond that role. It plays an essential part in removing waste and toxins from your cells, too. If assistance with these functions proves helpful to someone, they may choose to seek out a lymphatic drainage massage therapist.

Lymphatic drainage massage is a type of therapeutic massage that has lately gained some traction in the world of self-care. The practice of lymphatic drainage massage is said to improve the overall health of an individual, with claims that it can treat several health conditions, ranging from cellulite to debilitating neurological diseases.

How Does Lymphatic Drainage Massage Work?

Thus,  how does lymphatic drainage massage work? 

With lymphatic drainage massage, the therapist focuses on compressing or pumping different areas within your legs to help eject fluid buildup faster than usual through your vessels. They do this by using their palms, thumbs, forearms, or elbows. The pressure they use with the massage is measured in compression per minute (CPM).

The MLD therapist, such as us here at Massage Rx (your trusted provider of massage therapy in Los Angeles), uses different strokes that are slow and steady to help reduce the buildup of fluid and increase circulation: hard, soft, or deep strokes. These strokes can be small and circular or broad and sweeping. They often use compression to help move the fluid along, so they will do a lot of hand-to-hand work and elbow compression to help ease fluid from your legs.

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What to Expect After Your Lymphatic Drainage Massage Session?

So, what to expect after your lymphatic drainage massage session? 

Most people experience immediate relief after their MLD session. Others, especially those with chronic conditions, may need more than one session before they begin to feel better. They report feeling less sore, tender, and swollen than before the treatment started. The difference between “before” and “after” may be so subtle that you can’t, specifically put your finger on it, but can tell from others’ reactions that you seem different, happier, lighter in mood and movement.

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Experience The Wonders of MLD! Contact Massage Rx Today!

Ready to experience the wonders of lymphatic drainage massage? Then contact Massage Rx today! We offer this specialized massage therapy in our in-home massage therapy services. To learn more about MLD and how we do it, see our video here:

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