What is Lymph Drainage Therapy?
Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a form of hands-on manual stimulation of the Lymphatic System. While there may appear to be some similarities between LDT and massage, the amount of pressure used during an LDT session is far less. These light but effective strokes facilitate a significant increase in lymph flow to lymph nodes and eventually the thoracic duct (which is the last receptacle of lymph before being passed to the urinary system).
Using gentle maneuvers, a Lymph Drainage Therapist facilitates movement in the lymphatic vessels. This causes a vacuum effect so that the volume and frequency of lymphatic fluid processed are greatly increased. Using these techniques, a trained therapist is able to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth, and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body.
They may use their hands to perform Manual Lymphatic mapping of the vessels to assess the overall direction of lymphatic circulation, areas of stagnation, and the best alternate pathways for draining lymph and other bodily fluids.
Lymph Drainage Therapy is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO (hon.). Created out of his research on the lymphatic system, LDT takes traditional lymph drainage techniques and adds a new level of precision in keeping with the latest scientific discoveries and exact anatomical science.
What is the Lymphatic System?
The Lymphatic System plays a huge part in the body’s ability to drain stagnant fluids; regenerate tissues; filter out toxins & foreign substances as well as maintain a healthy immune system.
Between 2 and 4 liters of fluid are processed by the Lymphatic system on a daily basis. In a healthy Lymphatic System, a complex system of lymph vessels and nodes process this fluid which helps to remove the stagnant fluids, bacteria, toxins, and other bad elements that are in the spaces between cells. The vessels that pump the lymph can be hindered or stopped due to surgery, trauma, burns, infections, substantial swelling, fatigue, stress or even age.
When the lymph flow becomes hindered or stopped, stagnant fluids, bacteria, toxins, and other bad elements will remain in the body and could cause illness.
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