What is it?
Lymphatic massage is a specialized type of medical grade massage that can help treat lymphedema, in which lymphatic fluid collects in certain areas of the body because it cannot drain away effectively.
Lymphatic massage aims to improve the flow of lymph fluid, which helps reduce swelling in the body.
Massaging an area without swelling will make space for fluid to flow to those parts from more congested areas.
How does it work?
The lymphatic system plays a key role in the body’s immune defenses. Lymphatic fluid flows through lymph vessels, which connect lymph nodes. As it passes through the lymph nodes, white blood cells trap and destroy harmful particles, such as bacteria. Like blood in the circulatory system, lymphatic fluid is always moving. If it stops, swelling can occur, as lymph fluid builds up, often in the arms or legs. Health experts call this lymphedema.