A gentle treatment of lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, most often a mastectomy for breast cancer.
What is the Lymphtic System
The lymphatic system is a circulitory system that contains approximately 6 to 10 litres of fluid.
The lymph vessels filled with fluid and transport to the lymph nodes which absorb the fluid where it is purified and filtered to remove waste products, bacteria toxins, excess proteins and chemicals so they can be easily handled by the organs for elimination including the kidneys and liver.
What are the benefits of Lymphatic Drainage
The lymphatic system is a crucial part of your immune system. Through a network of hundreds of lymph nodes, it drains fluid called lymph to be transported back into your bloodstream. It also removes bodily waste and carries white blood cells that help prevent infection.
Lymphatic drainage can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, swelling, oedema, fatigue, sinusitis, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, muscular pain, arthritis, migraine, and circulation.
Manual lymphatic drainage will increase the lymph flow and that speeds up the circulatory system. This technique will result in the reduction of swelling (oedema) improving the immune system giving the body relaxing and energizing effects and also result in detoxification and pain reduction.
Recover after surgery
Lymphatic drainage after surgery can help speed up the recovery process. Promote natural circulation of energy throughout the body
How surgery affects the body
Certainly, it stands to reason, that surgery will cause a shock to the body in the short to medium term
And because of this, it is important to keep in mind that the healing process is as important as the surgery itself.
The type and scale of the surgery you have will affect the extent and impact of the side effects.
For the sake of this article, we are focusing on the impact of plastic surgery procedures.
It goes without saying that you will need to overcome some initial pain. After that, fatigue and a loss of appetite are very common.
Then there are the physical side effects. These can include swelling, numbness, bruising, and possibly bleeding.
Whilst the aim of surgery is to help you improve in the long term, the incisions that are made cause short-term injury to the body.
The body becomes inflamed at a site of an injury. This is natures way of helping you to heal.
Lymphatic drainage after surgery is an excellent way to help combat these responses.
How to schedule Lymphatic Drainage after surgery
Once you commit to having plastic surgery, you need to plan for your recovery in advance.
There is an optimal time in which to factor in Lymphatic Drainage. Ideally, you need to receive your first treatment
as soon as possible after surgery.
Depending on how quickly you are allowed home, it makes sense to book that first session within 24 hours of treatment if you can.
After that, we would recommend scheduling in a further 6 to 12 follow up sessions.
Please ask for our special rates in this instance
This will help to optimise your healing and ensure your lymphatic system operates normally.
So how will Lymphatic Drainage help?
The key role of the lymphatic system is to gather excess fluid from tissues. It then purifies it and returns it to the bloodstream.
Lymphatic massage improves the efficiency of your lymphatic system. It can also boost circulation.
It helps redirect fluid into parts of the body where there is a high concentration of lymph nodes.
Typically these are areas such as the armpits or groin.
The good news is that a Lymphatic massage uses light and gentle movements. The treatment itself should not be too painful.
It is especially useful post surgery because it helps speed up the Lymphatic system.
This, in turn, helps to remove toxins and waste products.
Above all, it can play a vital role in reducing swelling, which is ideal for a speedy recovery.
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