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What are considered well accepted advantages of a lymphatic drainage massage?

What are considered well accepted advantages of a lymphatic drainage massage?

Certain circumstance: When you have an injury to or removal of parts of the lymphatic system, drainage to/from that area is affected. There can be massive swelling (lymphedema), resulting in pain, disability and deformity. In those cases, mld (manual lymphatic drainage) performed only by a specially trained therapist will provide excellent relief of the above problems. If no lymphatic damage, no real benefit to this. ...Read more

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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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Is it possible that training after a lymphatic drainage massage, spread toxins around the body and cause flu like symptoms?

Is it possible that training after a lymphatic drainage massage, spread toxins around the body and cause flu like symptoms?

Not usually: For those with compromise of lymphatic drainage, manual lymphatic drainage moves the lymph fluid around the blocked area and gets it to where it needs to go. The movement of the lymph fluid which may contain bacteria, fungus, viruses or very digested food goes finally to the big blood vessels to be sent to processing areas. Training probably does not add much movement to already moving lymph. ...Read more

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Is lymphatic drainage beneficial to my health?

Is lymphatic drainage beneficial to my health?

Lymphatic drainage: If you are healthy, then - no. If you have any disease in mind you want to ask, then let us know. ...Read more

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I'm diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

I'm diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

Possibly: Lipoedema is primarily a disorder of hypertrophied , excess fat in the limbs [ usually the legs } . Sometimes manual lymph drainage and compression can help. There may be some overlap with a separate medical condition lymphedema. There is no harm in trying. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with lipoedema and have been told manual lymphatic drainage will not help- is this true?

Yes: Unfortunately, many treatments have been tried for lipedema, but not many have been helpful. Compression, weight loss, lymphatic drainage don't provide benefit. There have been some who have good success with liposuction, but you need to find a surgeon who is experienced in the procedure for this particular indication. Dr Stefan Raprich in Darmstadt Germany is an expert in this. ...Read more

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How does the lymphatic system absorb body fluids for drainage?

How does the lymphatic system absorb body fluids for drainage?

Tissue swelling: Latin lympha "water goddess" - lymph is essentially recycled blood plasma. The lymphatic system returns the interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct and then to the bloodstream, where it is recirculated back to the tissues.Tissues with lymphedema are at risk of infection and ulcer. Yes I am certified in lymphatic therapy. We use fda approved lymphedema laser therapy for lymph drainage. ...Read more

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How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

How do I deal with lymphatic drainage due to lymph node removal?

Compression, massage: If you have lymphedema from lymph node removal then your options are to wear a special fitted compression wrap on your arm. Something else that can help is lymphatic massage. ...Read more

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I have a lymphatic drainage problem - sluggish - and was wondering whether the chi machine or the air pressure lymphatic drainage machine is recommend?

I have a lymphatic drainage problem - sluggish - and was wondering whether the chi machine or the air pressure lymphatic drainage machine is recommend?

Possibly: The chi machine helps with meditation and can help you reach the Alpha wavlength. There are many lymphatic drainage machines available . We have the triactive laser which is fda approved for lymphatic drainage especially in breast cancer patients that have arm swelling. Check with the manufacturer and make sure it is fda approved for that use. ...Read more

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Where the lingual tonsil drainage it's lymphatic blood ?

Where the lingual tonsil drainage it's lymphatic blood ?

Usually lymph: Lingual tonsils are most likely to drain into level 2-3 nodes which would be along the upper and middle so the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Usually the tonsil drains to the nodes on its side but can drain into both sides. ...Read more

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How important is the lymphatic massage after mastectomy?

Depends. : It really depends on if and how many lymph nodes were removed during the mastectomy. Most mastectomies are done these days with minimal or even no lymph nodes removed. These cases would not likely require any massage to be done, and would only be needed if swelling started to occur. However, if a full lymph node removal was done, then a lymphatic massage would likely be beneficial. ...Read more

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What does lymphatic massage therapy do?

What does lymphatic massage therapy do?

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. ...Read more

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I just went to my 3 day post op liposuction checkup. The nurse recommended that i get lymphatic massages. Are these massages required?

I just went to my 3 day post op liposuction checkup. The nurse recommended that i get lymphatic massages. Are these massages required?

Not but helpful: I have found that manual lymphatic drainage is not absolutely necessary but it can be very helpful in reducing swelling. Of course you may have to pay additional fees for this additional service and that is at your discretion. ...Read more

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Should women w/endometriosis avoid lymphatic massage? I had it a few times, 2x during period, then read it cld cause to spread. symptoms progresvly worse.

Should women w/endometriosis avoid lymphatic massage? I had it a few times, 2x during period, then read it cld cause to spread. symptoms progresvly worse.

Spread: I have not heard this nor if i read it. I think if it helps you and make you feel better then you should continue doing it. If it makes it worse than stop. I cannot believe there's evidence either way. ...Read more

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I have hashimotos.On Synthroid/Cytomel. Dr says Levels are normal. Lymphatic massages 1X a week. Still having a lot of symptoms. Frustrated!

I have hashimotos.On Synthroid/Cytomel. Dr says Levels are normal. Lymphatic massages 1X a week.  Still having a lot of symptoms.  Frustrated!

Hashimoto's: Hashimoto's disease often leads to hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hashimotos-disease/basics/definition/con-20030293 & http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothyroidism/basics/definition/con-20021179. Unfortunately, symptoms can be vague & nonspecific. Worse, there's wide range of normal. Ask for higher dose then recheck TSH. ...Read more

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Is breast massage beneficial for drainage of stagnant fluid?

Is breast massage beneficial for drainage of stagnant fluid?

See your doc: You need thorough examination so find out why you have fluid accumulation in your breast is it acyst or else? See your fam/doc. ...Read more

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Face swelling (last q) looks like steroid cheeks- but I'm not on any. Unless Afrin (oxymetazoline) is one? VP Shunt is for Pseudotumor. Revision next week. Lymph drainage massge/anything else help swelling for now?

Face swelling (last q) looks like steroid cheeks- but I'm not on any. Unless Afrin (oxymetazoline) is one? VP Shunt is for Pseudotumor. Revision next week. Lymph drainage massge/anything else help swelling for now?

Need shunt: Fluid in the face is due to an accumulation of lymph fluid. This drains into the lymphatics to reach the superior vena cava. If blocked by a pseudo tumor, then a VP shunt is needed to open the drainage site. Milking of fluid and other approaches would be very temporary. ...Read more

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Lymphatic (Definition)

Arteries and veins carry blood around the body. Fluid leaks out and bathes the tissues and is returned to the heart by a system of vessels termed the lymphatic system. Without it fluid would accumulate in tissues ...Read more