Lymphatic Drainage

Swollen tissues can be a result of many underlying conditions. Wisdom would direct you to ensure medical advice prior to any treatment.

What conditions can we help you with ?

  • Lymphoedema — by mobilising fluids, reducing swelling, stimulating lymph systems, encouraging alternate drainage routes when surgery has occurred;
  • Range of Movement Restoration – by reducing swelling, draining over-reacting invasive fluids, releasing joint impediments and relieving pressure and pain;
  • Scar Tissue Restoration, Fibrosis — by mobilising internal infection — causing its removal —  stimulating skin mobility, reducing tissue hardening, and managing swelling;
  • Minimizing Infections — by balancing fluid invasion — a natural protection of the body — or activating fluid stagnation in tissues;
  • Swelling  – the general presentation of many physical injuries, which is a natural response of the body to protect the injury and heal, but sometimes needs help to balance out chemistry to speed up recovery – fibromyalgia, for example.

Our aim is to improve the client’s predicament and coax the body to respond in ways which give relief and restore an improved level of quality of life in distressing circumstances.

Our practitioners are Casley-Smith accredited, with continuous professional development a core value.

 There is an extensive tool box of combined therapies which is available from our accredited practitioners, under the global name of ‘Complex Decongestive Therapy’ – requiring advanced training, inclusive of, but beyond, MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage common to Remedial Massage Therapy practitioners) :

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage – what it says, requiring a deep knowledge of anatomy and lymph system – plus condition from surgery – to gently sweep fluids in directions which release toxin and fluid, reduce swellings and pain, and give back motion;
  • Compression Garment assessment and prescription  – with education in use and maintenance;
  • Bandaging (and Compression Garments) application – using different bandaging types, with specialised lay up, tension and timed release;
  • Self-management (teach/educate) – concerning possible contra-indications presenting from therapy stimulations;
  • Exercise, posture and mindfulness education (homework);
  • Sequential Pneumatic (education on machine assisted) Compression techniques to assist self drainage activity between therapies;
  • Low level laser (photobiomodulation) therapies to stimulate mitochondrial output of cells, which enhances metabolic activity, speeding tissue recoveries.

There is strong evidence to show benefits from all the above modalities, but each client presents with specific needs, and one of the skills in our practitioners is the wise selection of appropriate therapy – and this might change over time as the client responds. Selection is explained individually, in the development of agreed therapies with the client (and their advisers as appropriate).