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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
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
I just went to my 3 day post op liposuction checkup. The nurse recommended that I get lymphatic massages. Are these massages required?
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
Does massage help with swelling and faster healing after a body lift? I've heard that some people get lymphatic massages after liposuction to speed healing and reduce swelling. Does it help after a body lift as well? .
Possibly: I think it plays a roll once the initial postoperative pain have subside to the point that massaging is comfortable. And yes, it should help with body lift as it does with lipo. ...Read more
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
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
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
A nonproven detox: I don't know much about this, but my understanding is this is a method advocated by some natural medicine folks of cleansing the body of toxins using exercise, massage, skin brushing, and deep breathing. It is not known to treat or prevent any disease. These techniques cannot remove toxins from the body, but they may make a person feel better by decreasing stress and improving relaxation. ...Read more
Varied: Since the lymph tissues involve the lymphatic system, lymph nodes, 'immune system', tonsils, thymus, bone marrow, and spleen, you might find that surgeons, ent, immunologists, oncologists, and hematologists are involved in treating lymph disorders. I am not aware of any one specialty for 'lymph' medicine. ...Read more
Can a person with lymphatic melformation not know that they have it until later on in life when the start developeing systoms when they are adult?
Not likely,,: Usually these are multiloculated cystic type of malformations that are seen before birth, infancy, or childhood. They often manifest as swelling and may or may not have other issues like breathing impairment, especially of on the neck. They may be treated with surgery, drainage of fluid, or just observation. By adulthood, these should have resolved, etc. And a lymph issue is from another cause. ...Read more
Lymphatics are: Microtubes in human body that carry lymph fluid (tissue fluid) back into venous system and blood stream. Lymphatic diseases occur typically due to blockage or underdevelopment of lymphatics. ...Read more
Possibly none: You may not have any symptoms but there may be anything from fatigue, pain, or swelling. Usually on exam the physcian will find swollen lymph nodes or a tender liver or spleen. Laboratory exams help. But usually diagnosis is made by imaginging such as a ct scan and biospsies. ...Read more
Lymph: They function as a protective mechanism for the body ...Read more
Infection Defense: The lymph system is the part of the immune system comprising a network of conduits called lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph unidirectionally toward the heart. Lymphoid tissue is found in many organs, particularly the lymph nodes, and in the lymphoid follicles associated with the digestive system such as the tonsils. It is part of your body's infection fighting system. ...Read more
Lymph nodes: 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. The lymph reaches the lymph nodes where infection and cancer cells are seperated and processed by the body. ...Read more
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
Lymphatic disease: If you are referring to lymphedema, this presents with swelling of the extremity, as the lymph channels are not working well in recirculating fluid back towards the heart. The mainstay of treatment is compression stockings, and adjunctive therapy with manual lymphatic decongestion, or a lymphedema pump are helpful. ...Read more
Leak Patrol: The blood vessels leak approximately 1-3% of the fluid traveling through them. The lymph system picks up that extra fluid and (with the help of the skeletal muscles as they flex and relax) slowly returns it to the heart where it rejoins the rest of the fluid. ...Read more
Aerobic exercises: Aerobic exercises are of repetitive movements that occur over a period of time. Common aerobic exercises are walking, running, and biking. By using various muscle groups, a person pumps blood and lymphatic fluid throughout his body, which ultimately maximizes his body's health from good fluid flow. ...Read more