Understanding Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual lymph drainage is specific light hands-on therapy to aid the body’s recovery process following an injury, surgery, or health condition. Lymph flow is blocked due to a scar or scar tissue build up following an injury or surgery. Lymph flow also decreases with chronic health conditions such as congestive heart failure. Post-surgery manual lymph drainage is an effective way to help speed the healing process without aggressive treatment or movement. Gentle pumping and surface gliding techniques are used to aid the movement of lymph from stagnant or pooled regions of the body. A specific sequence is used according to anatomy and physiology to increase the clearing of lymph fluid so it can be processed by the body. Diaphragmatic breathing is also utilized as this helps to further move lymph.