23 Jan Lymphatic Drainage Therapy-post surgical
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, LDT, is potentially beneficial for the reduction of post surgical edema (swelling in the tissues), pain and bruising. The gentle, noninvasive aspect of LDT makes it a bodywork of choice to assist in the healing process. It facilitates the body’s tissue cleansing and repair by increasing the uptake of interstitial fluid by the lymphatic capillaries, and the solids dissolved in these fluids, and delivering them to the lymph nodes. There, the nodes function as filters, removing dead blood cells, tissue and other byproducts of the inflammatory process, allowing the tissues to be cleansed and to regenerate. White blood cells clustered in the lymph nodes are activated and attack infected material. The liver and kidneys then filter this material and excrete it from the body.
The LDT therapist uses a gentle, rhythmic motion to move the lymph in the direction of the local nodes which serve the various “lymphatic territories” of the body. This rhythmic motion stimulates the lymphatic muscles which spiral around the lymphatic vessels, to increase their efficiency. The gentle “dragging motion” also pulls on the vessels’ anchoring filaments, which increases the diameter of their openings, and allows more fluid to enter the vessels, thus increasing the overall volume of lymph that the body processes. A treatment can increase the volume of fluid taken into the lymphatic system and processed 3-4 times over a 24 hour period.
The treatment is relaxing to receive, as it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, the “relaxation and healing” aspect of the autonomic nervous system- in opposition to the sympathetic nervous system, which stimulates the “fight or flight” reflexes.