Manual Lymphatic Drainage & Lymphoedema Treatments

What is the Lymphatic System?

I like to describe the lymphatic system as your body’s garbage collector and filtration system. A network of organs, nodes, ducts, and vessels. The lymphatic system produces a substance called lymph and transports it from tissues to the bloodstream. As lymph circulates the body, it absorbs fluid, waste products, dead cells, bacteria, viruses, fats, and proteins and promotes the production of immune cells. Working closely with the circulatory system, it delivers nutrients, oxygen and hormones to the body’s tissue.

Unlike the circulatory system, which uses the heart to pump blood through the arteries and veins, the lymph system does not have a central pump. It does, however, have minor contractile ability with a “pulse” of one to 30 beats per minute.  Muscle contraction─ through movement like exercise-and diaphragmatic or belly breathing are the key methods for pushing lymph through the body; light massage techniques also acts as a pump to stimulate the lymphatic system.

 

What is Manual Lymphatic drainage?

(MLD), is a specialised massage technique designed to improve the function of the lymphatic system. The massage is performed with hands using light touch rhythmic wave-like movements. The subtle manual massage simulates contractions of the lymphatic vessels activating lymph and interstitial fluid circulation.

Conditions that can be treated with MLD

  • Lymphoedema & Oedema

  • Sinus congestion

  • Anxiety & depression

  • Pre/post surgery including cosmetic & dental

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Chronic stress

  • Detoxifycation

  • Helps maintain general wellness

  • Acne

 

What is Lymhoedema?

Lymphoedema is a condition that occurs when the lymphatic system is impaired to the extent that the amount of lymphatic fluid within a given area exceeds the capacity of the lymphatic transport system.

The swelling differs from oedema swelling as it is protein rich lymph fluid that is trapped within the tissue. If left untreated affected areas can become very swollen, heavy and at risk of infections.

There are 2 types of lymphoedema.

 1. Primary -  Swelling of one or more areas of the body with an unknown cause, though likely to be genetic. Can also occur as a result of a medical condition such as congestive heart failure or blood clots in the body. 

 2. Secondary -  Swelling of a body part due to damage to the lymphatic system i.e surgery, cancer or burns. If you’ve ever had a surgery on or involving your lymph nodes. Fluid will  build up in your lymph system and your lymph nodes resulting in lymphoedema.

Procedures that affect or remove your lymph nodes can cause lymphoedema as a side effect like lymph node biobsy or radiation to the nodes.

Lymphoedema will only occur in the area of your body near a surgical site. For example, if you have lymph nodes removed as a part of cancer surgery to your left breast, only your left arm, not your right, might be affected with lymphoedema.

Managing your lymphoedema includes:

  • Using a compression sleeve to prevent fluid buildup

  • Seeing a qualified therapist for MLD

  • Bandaging often a regime of bandaging is necessary to achieve a significant limb reduction prior to fitting a garment. Bandaging can also assist in wound care, fibrosis and when repeat episodes of infection (cellulitis) is an issue.

  • Low level Laser therapy has been shown to reduce swelling, reduce pain and increase range of motion and scar mobility. This is a painless, noninvasive treatment.

When choosing a therapist, learn as much about their education as possible. “Massage is very good for you, but deep tissue massage can be too heavy for someone with lymphoedema, so don’t assume you can just go to a massage therapist.”

For more information please call.

Treatment prices: Initial consultation and massage $95. One hour massage $85

Sinus drainage 30 minutes $55.

Pressotherapy and Cellulite

What is Pressotherapy and especially does it really work for cellulite?

Pressotherapy is an exclusive treatment which helps to promote the body's natural metabolic clearing giving you excellent results. The revitalisation and oxygenation of the tissue helps to slim and redefine the legs, stomach and arms while enhancing skin tone.

Pressotherapy treatments may assist with:

  • Recommended for the treatment of cellulite.

  • Removal of metabolic waste.

  • Relieves pain, oedema, swelling and bloating.

  • Lymphoedema.

  • Increase circulation and venous problems. 

  • Great pre/post surgery.

  • Can be used on non infected inflammatory conditions i.e sprains and strains.

  • For sports injuries.

  • Post traumatic oedema of the extremeties.

  • Increase immunity.

  • Reduce stress.

How does it work?

Designed to increase blood circulation and lymph flow, pressotherapy enhances extra-cellular fluid clearance, reduces bloating, swelling and oedema, alleviates leg fatigue and improves oxygen flow through the whole body. It does this  via a computer pump and sequential inflating sleeves. More common on legs but can be used on arms and torso.

The benefit that it truly brings is a strengthening of the lymphatic system and elimination of excess fluid and improvement to the circulation which is why you feel lighter at the end of your session.

Can be used as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with seaweed wraps, contouring wraps or MLD.

Who should use Pressotherapy?

  • Clients that want a more intensive lymphatic drainage.

  • Clients that receive body contouring.

  • If you have lymphoedema, post surgical or congential conditions. Pre, intra and post phases of surgery.

  • If you have discomfort, fatigue, fluid, heaviness or fluid retention in your legs.

How many sessions will I need?

  • For best results it is recommended that you receive a series of treatments minimum 8. Sessions can range from 30 -50 minutes. You will need to do an average of 2-3 sessions per week.

What should I expect after the session?

Pressotherapy is a very relaxing experience. Immediately after your legs should feel extremely light and relaxed. Also you may experience and increased urge to urinate because of the mobilisation of water.

Contra-indications

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

  • Acute infection of the affected limbs.

  • Tuberculosis.

  • Cancer.

  • Renal insufficiency.

  • Cardiac insufficiency.

Prices

Initial consultation and treatment 1 hour $99

30 minutes $55

50 minutes $80. 

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