Lymphatic drainage is a gentle massage technique we use at our Scarborough, ON massage clinic that encourages drainage of lymph fluid from the tissue spaces in the body.
The lymphatic system plays a vital role in eliminating waste and toxins, as well as helping to transport immune cells, proteins, hormones and other nutrients and substances throughout the body. While the circulatory system relies on the heart to pump blood, the lymphatic system depends on the movement of our body to keep its filtration system flowing. Restrictions in our tissues can impair the lymphatic system, resulting in inflammation, sluggish immune function, and the accumulation of toxins.
Lymphatic drainage, or Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), is a gentle massage technique that encourages drainage of lymph fluid from the tissue spaces in the body. A specially trained therapist uses gentle manipulation techniques that follow the pattern of lymph flow to ensure the lymphatic system is working properly, thus promoting a more efficient immune system and improving overall health.
Lymphatic drainage reduces edema (swelling) and inflammation, helps in breaking down scar tissue and preventing the formation of further scar tissue, aids in detoxification by removing metabolic wastes, and alleviates pain.
Some of the conditions that can be treated at our Scarborough, ON massage clinic using lymphatic drainage include:
- Swelling as a result of injury/surgery
- Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
- Burns and scars
- Chronic edema
- Impaired circulation due to diabetes and other circulatory disorders
- Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome