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What does lymphatic massage therapy do?

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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Improves Function: The lymph system removes cell wastes, proteins, excess fluid, viruses, and bacteria. The lymph system picks up fluids and waste products filters and cleans them. A lymph massage can be used to reduce swelling, help infections, may reduce scarring, improve circulation, etc. A facial is a common type of lymph massage.
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Helpful: When the circulation of the lymph (protein rich fluids outside of the artery and vein system) is slowed due to blockage or genetics, the lower portions of the body can swell and feel heavy. Massage is helpful to push the fluid toward the heart. Severe lymph edema usually requires a combined medical and massage program with mechanical pumps and preasure garments to prevent chronic pain.

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