Lymphatic drainage can be very beneficial to patients after an acute injury or after surgery. This type of massage gently drains lymphatic fluid to reduce swelling from the lymph nodes.
Lymphatic fluid contains white blood cells, responsible for helping us to fight off viruses and bacteria. The lymphatic system will transport excess fluid, bacteria and viruses to the lymph nodes, where the white blood cells will clean it before it re-enters our blood stream. After an injury or post surgery, the body goes through an inflammatory response to assist in healing the injured area. The body will deliver blood to the injury, carrying oxygen and nutrients to help with healing the injured tissue. If inflammation persists, the area will swell and put pressure on the surrounding nerves resulting in pain, discomfort, and reduced range of motion.
Lymphatic drainage involves gentle, rhythmic massage to assist the movement of the lymphatic fluid towards the lymph nodes. This is very effective for treatment of edema (swelling) both after an acute injury such as an ankle sprain or post surgery.
Our Registered Massage Therapist, Courtney Craig, has received training in Lymphatic Drainage and has been successfully treating patients for over 3 years.