What is the Lymphatic System, and why drain it?
Our lymphatic system removes excess fluid that leaks from our blood vessels, monitors and cleans it and dumps it back into our blood. Luckily our body does this without instruction but in some cases either our lymphatic system is obstructed (surgery, radiation treatments, congenital, etc.) or we are faced with more fluid leakage that can be too much for our healthy lymphatic system to handle like swelling from an injury, surgery, disease, or inflammation. More and more evidence show how important it is to get lymphatic drainage after a surgery to speed up healing, prevent infection, and fibrosis (hardening of the tissue).
Not sure if your a good candidate for lymphatic drainage? You are! Boosting immune system function and reducing cellulitis are some of the great benefits that anyone can enjoy.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Contrary to intuition that might make you visualize your therapist pushing around fluid under your skin, what we are really doing is using a specialized technique that stimulates the stretch receptors and pulls on filaments that open the vessels in your lymphatic system to kick it into gear. It also stimulates the lymph nodes to clear blockages or sluggishness and enhance their ability to filter and monitor lymph. This is a very gentle, rhythmic, sequential, pumping motion that will not be painful. It's actually very relaxing. The best part is that even though it is relaxing, it is 100% science based and proven to be effective. See the video below to see lymph moving with hand pumping in a dye study.
The Lymphatic system is very complicated and lymphedema is just within the last few years becoming more understood and acknowledged. We know this may be confusing but luckily our lymphatic therapist, Nicole, is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and can help explain these functions in greater detail and how it relates to your situation. She will also recommend homecare for you.
We do NOT perform incisional drainage in which fluid is pushed out of tissues. See more about this here.
30 Minute - $55
60 Minute - $95
90 Minute - $140
60 Minutes $85
90 Minutes $125
Lymphatic drainage is most effective if it is performed regularly or several times especially after surgery. We offer packages to make this more affordable.