Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a specialized approach that focuses on the lymphatic system, which is a part of the immune system.
This massage aims to help the body maintain proper circulation, body fluid balance, and immune functions.
Lymphatic Drainage. Massage has been used for people with lymphedema, which involve swelling generally in one arm or one of your legs.
The swelling is caused by lymph fluid that collects in the soft tissues due to genetic disorders, injury, infection, cancer treatment, or surgery.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage has also shown to be beneficial in treating rheumatoid arthritis, chronic venous insufficiency, and fibromyalgia.
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You do not need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, your licensed massage therapist should ask you about any symptoms, your medical history, and what you are hoping to get out of the massage. You and your therapist will go over what type of massage they feel is more beneficial for you due to the concerns that you are having. In a typical massage therapy session, you should undress only to the point that you are comfortable with. Your therapist will go over the proper draping techniques, step out of the room for you to get ready, and then knock before they enter.
Do not worry if this is your first massage the therapist will keep you covered. If a massage therapist is applying to much pressure, ask for them to go lighter. Occasionally, you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It is likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up. It is important to voice your own comfort and level of pressure for a successful massage treatment. Afterwards, it is especially important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. The next day you may feel some slight soreness if the therapist worked on a knot or sensitive muscle or you received a deep tissue massage.