What is the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is a network of lymphatic vessels, organs and nodes that extend throughout the body. The lymphatic system acts as a “waste disposal system” for the body, draining excess fluid, waste and toxins. These accumulate due to infection, inflammation and normal cellular metabolism.
The Lymphatic System plays a key role in:
• Defence against bacteria and viruses
• Removal of cellular waste products
• Transport of immune cells
• Reduction of swelling and edema
• Transportation of fats from digestion
• Removing inflammation due to injury
What is Integrated Lymph Drainage
Integrated Lymph Drainage (ILD) is a precise technique designed to accelerate the normal functioning of the lymph vessel system. It is a gentle, rhythmic, hands-on technique that will enable the therapist to work holistically to achieve surprising results with their clients. Integrated Lymph Drainage cleanses the connective tissue of inflammatory materials and toxins, enhances the activity of the immune system, decreases pain and enhances the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system. It thereby facilitates the healing of injuries, chronic conditions, inflammations and edemas. Some examples of conditions which can be successfully treated with ILD are:
• Primary & Secondary Lymphedema
• Traumatic Injuries Strains/Sprains
• Sports Injuries
• Pre/Post Operatively
• Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
• Repetitive Strain injuries
• Rheumatic Diseases
ILD affects the nervous system, inducing relaxation and decreasing anxiety and stress. I can help clients manage a wide variety of conditions using ILD and other massage therapy techniques including:
• Myofascial Release
• Trigger Point Therapy
• Deep Tissue Massage
• Soft Tissue Release
• And others
Some clients may experience stiffness or muscle soreness after certain treatments, such as deep tissue work and Trigger Point Therapy. this is normal. Your therapist is giving your muscles a workout. The feeling is similar to what one experiences going back to the gym after a long absence, and should disappear in a day or two.
Drinking plenty of water after your treatment helps to flush the metabolic toxins out of your system. As well, a warm bath with Epsom Salts may also help decrease the delayed onset muscle soreness. Alternatively, alternating the temperature as you shower can help to decrease any soreness and help flush out the metabolic waste from your tissues.
I am happy to answer and questions or concerns regarding your treatment or presenting condition.