Assisted Lymphatic Drainage
Is Assisted Lymphatic Drainage for me?
Assisted Lymphatic drainage breaks up larger particales of lymph and allows them to pass throught the body. The combination of vibration, light and electrical waves help to stimulate the flow by causing the dissociation of protiens that have become trapped in the intersttium. When the trapped protiens release their bond the stagnate lymph is liberated and will flow out into its normal filtration and reabsorption channels. Assisted Lymphatic Drainage can help pre- and post-op recovery for many surgeries, including abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and BBL. My assisted Lymphatic Drainage sessions are tailored to your needs, and can be combined with a variety of my other massage modalities for the most effective outcome. Reasons for Assited Lymphatic Drainage include Sprains, Whiplash, Hematomas, Post-Surgical Edema, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Migraines, Sinus Headaches, Diabetes, Lymphedema, Lipedema, CRPS, Severe Burns, and more.
The Lymphatic Drainage Map
Through Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment, the lymph fluid carries the waste products and destroyed bacteria back into the bloodstream. The liver or kidneys then remove these from the blood, and the body passes them out with other body waste.
Why is the lymphatic system important?
The lymphatic system is often referred to as the secondary circulatory system and plays an essential role in immunity. I often refer to it as the great recycling system because it cleans out the body’s excess waste in the connective tissue that’s too big for the blood vessels to absorb. The lymphatic system runs like rivers throughout your body similar to your bloodstream. However, it doesn’t have a central pump, like the heart, to move the fluid. It depends on skeletal movement, diaphragmatic breathing, exercise and lymphatic massage to function. Lymphatic drainage increases the intrinsic contractions necessary to maximize micro-circulation of fluid into lymph nodes where an immune response gets activated. Lymph nodes are the hub where bacteria, viruses and pathogens are filtered out so that lymphatic fluid can return to the bloodstream toxin-free. You have hundreds of lymph nodes, a majority of which are clustered in the neck, armpits, spleen, abdomen, top of the thigh, and behind the knees and elbows that contain disease fighting white blood cells, macrophages and lymphocytes that act as detectors signaling your immune system to destroy unwanted invaders.
When the lymph system becomes overwhelmed it can’t function optimally and may impede other bodily systems like your digestion, respiratory system, neurological system and more.
What is Assisted Lymphatic Drainage?
ALT is a non-invasive, painless, calming and relaxing therapeutic treatment that stimulates the lymph and breaks up congestion in the lymphatic system. A lymph drainage instrument with two wands is passed slowly over the body, breaking down congested lymph through a combination of vibration, light and electrical waves. Once the congested lymph has been broken down, it can be drained, waste can be eliminated and the free flow of lymph can resume. Not only does ALT feel like a light touch massage, its results can be felt immediately. It is recommended for you to supplement your ALT sessions with physical activity and a healthy diet, for the best possible results. Impairment of the lymphatic system will lead to excess toxicity, inflammation, fluid accumulation, immune system weakness and delayed healing from injuries or surgery.
Why should I get Lymphatic Drainage?
People come to see me for a couple of reasons. There are those who come because they heard that lymphatic massage and self-care should be a standard aspect of their health regimen. Others seek treatment because their stress, digestion, hormonal imbalances, surgical procedures or other symptoms cause inflammatory responses in their bodies. Many doctors recommend lymphatic drainage to their patients recovering from elective surgery, athletic injury, after a cancer diagnosis, menstrual discomfort, Covid rehabilitation, neurological issues and those seeking palliative care.