What is a lymphatic drainage massage and what are the benefits?

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

If you’re intrigued by the idea of a lymphatic drainage massage, this article is for you. We outline fully and concisely what this treatment is, including what it involves, the key benefits and also what the NHS have to say. 

We’ll also cover the kind of health conditions that lymphatic drainage massages are recommended for, as well as a complete list of contraindications. We address whether a lymphatic drainage massage is suitable during pregnancy, and where you can have this non-invasive form of treatment.

For certain short-term and chronic health conditions, lymphatic drainage massage can be a very affordable and beneficial way to reduce symptoms. All it takes is the time to lie back and relax while a qualified therapist takes care of you.   

If you want to know how a lymphatic drainage massage works, what it can do for you and where you can have one, read on to find out all you need to know before booking this massage therapy.  

What is lymphatic drainage massage?

This gentle form of massage therapy is performed with the intention of stimulating the body’s lymph system. The idea is that waste products can then be removed from the body more efficiently. 

Key lymphatic drainage massage benefits include the natural cleansing of a lymphatic system that may have become blocked. This can occur as a result of illness, or medical treatments such as surgery.  

This condition is known as lymphedema, and can be a result of chronic health issues that may damage the lymphatic system. It can also be caused by an infection, or cancer treatment that includes the removal of lymph nodes, such as a mastectomy. 

There are hundreds of lymph nodes located all over the human body. They are found in various locations including the armpits, neck, groin, abdomen and chest. Lymph nodes contain cells that are crucial to the body’s immune response, as these immune cells attack and destroy organisms that are transported in the lymph fluid as it travels around the body. 

Lymphatic drainage massage benefits

Lymphatic drainage massage can improve circulation throughout the body’s lymphatic system, and can also help to reduce swelling. This type of therapy can form part of a treatment programme known in the medical profession as decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT).

Lymphatic drainage massage can be beneficial for people experiencing all kinds of symptoms, and has been used to ease the effects of conditions ranging from eczema to fibromyalgia. If you ever suffer from stress, fatigue, insomnia, swelling, digestive issues, migraines or arthritis, lymphatic drainage massage could help to ease your symptoms while encouraging the lymphatic system to work more effectively. 

This is a gentle, non-invasive treatment which can help to treat the pain, stiffness and inflammation that can occur all over the body. 

The NHS recommends decongestive lymphatic therapy for lymphoedema, and a full treatment programme may combine skin care, exercise and the use of compression bandages with lymphatic drainage massage to manage each specific condition. 

How often should I have a lymphatic drainage massage?

Opinions on how regularly you should have lymphatic drainage massage do vary, so it’s best to address this directly with your therapist. They will be able to recommend the treatment schedule that will benefit you most while fitting in with your lifestyle.

As a minimum, having a lymphatic drainage massage once every three months will help to keep the lymphatic system in tip top condition. However, having treatment more often than this will mean reaping the maximum benefits. 

Are there any contraindications of lymphatic drainage massage?

For most people, having a lymphatic drainage massage is completely safe when in the hands of a qualified and experienced therapist. 

There are some contraindications, however. Anyone who has blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT), congestive heart failure, kidney failure, circulation problems or infections should not have lymphatic drainage massage. 

If you do have any pre-existing medical conditions, it’s essential to consult your doctor before booking a lymphatic drainage massage.

Is pregnancy lymphatic drainage massage safe?

As a non-invasive form of therapy, a lymphatic drainage massage is ideal during pregnancy as long as none of the contraindications detailed above apply. 

As lymphatic drainage massage can help with swelling and water retention, it can be very effective in easing some of the more uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy. In fact, a developing foetus requires a healthy and fully functioning lymphatic system for growth and development. As the lymphatic system boosts immunity, reduces inflammation and removes toxins from the body, it can be key in ensuring a safe, stress-free pregnancy.

Lymphatic drainage massage is perfect for expectant parents who require gentle handling. It can also be ideal for helping patients deal with postnatal conditions. Lymphatic drainage massage therapy can be delivered to the entire body, or alternatively can be localised to ensure it is effective precisely where it is needed. 

If you suffer from pregnancy-related conditions such as water retention or tired feet, a lymphatic drainage massage can be very beneficial in easing these symptoms.

Where can I get a lymphatic drainage massage? 

Although lymphatic drainage massage may be available on the NHS for patients who fit the qualifying criteria, the quickest and easiest way to access this treatment is to arrange it privately.

Secret Spa’s expert therapists can deliver this treatment in the comfort of your own home, or even at a hotel where required. This means you can book a lymphatic drainage massage at a time and place to suit you. 

As no travelling is required, this is ideal for busy people, as it saves you time as well as transport costs. All our lymphatic drainage massage treatments are delivered by trained and experienced therapists, so you can also be sure of being in the safest possible pair of hands. 

Final words

A Secret Spa lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle, completely non-invasive way to stimulate the body’s natural lymphatic system. The treatment can help to reduce water retention, swelling and inflammation while promoting healing, detoxifying the body and  boosting the immune system. Why not find out more about this and the other massage therapies we offer today?