Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Medi-ssage Health -  - Medical Massage

Medi-ssage Health

Medical Massage located in Tempe, AZ

Chronic swelling can lead to pain, discomfort, and even poor mobility. At Medi-ssage Health in Tempe, Arizona, medical massage provider Arricka Watkins, LMT, MMP, performs manual lymphatic drainage massages to reduce swelling and inflammation. Manual lymphatic drainage improves circulation and eliminates toxins to provide substantial pain relief for oncology patients, radiation therapy recovery, and more. To learn more about manual lymphatic drainage, call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online now.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Q&A

What is manual lymphatic drainage?

Manual lymphatic drainage is a specialized massage technique to stimulate the body’s natural detoxification process. The lymphatic system includes a series of lymph nodes, vessels, organs, and other tissues that help regulate fluid and remove toxins from your body. 

By supporting and accelerating the flow of lymph fluid, manual lymphatic drainage helps relieve fluid buildup. When fluid accumulates in the body, it can cause blood vessel damage, pain, and increase the risk of infections. The manual stimulation delivers gentle relaxation that can serve as an effective alternative to pain medication.

How does manual lymphatic drainage work?

The goal of manual lymphatic drainage is to improve the flow of lymph, a clear type of fluid that runs through the body’s lymphatic vessels and helps eliminate toxins. During manual lymphatic drainage, your medical massage practitioner uses gentle pressure and palpitations to direct the flow of lymph in the proper direction.

Using careful circular motions allows your provider at Medi-ssage Health to alleviate swelling in the lymphatic vessels and promote the safe removal of toxins. The entire process takes just 60-90 minutes. 

What are the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage?

Manual lymphatic drainage offers many benefits for individuals with chronic pain and swelling, such as:

  • Pain relief
  • Stress reduction
  • Lymph node stimulation
  • Improved immune function
  • Enhanced kidney function
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Minimized swelling
  • Less post-surgery bruising

As a safe, effective treatment for a wide range of health conditions, manual lymphatic drainage can help relieve your symptoms without the uncomfortable side effects of pain medication.

Who can benefit from manual lymphatic drainage?

Any individual with uncomfortable swelling can benefit from manual lymphatic drainage. Oncology patients are especially susceptible to swelling after chemotherapy and radiation. Other common indications for manual lymphatic drainage include:

  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Preoperative or postoperative edema
  • Mastectomy recovery
  • Lipo 360° swelling
  • Lymphedema recovery
  • Lymphedema
  • Lipedema
  • Chronic headaches
  • Sprains or strains

If you frequently experience pain, poor mobility, or low limb function from chronic swelling, manual lymphatic drainage can help relieve fluid retention to reduce your symptoms.

To learn more about manual lymphatic drainage, call Medi-ssage health or schedule an appointment online today.