In medicine, the lymphatic drainage has been recognized for about 40 years and is also adopted by most health insurance companies. Here, lymphatic drainage is used primarily for the treatment of lymphedema. This swelling of the tissue is caused by the storage of vascular fluid and can be alleviated by careful massage.
Lymphatic drainage applications
Generally, lymphatic drainage is primarily for disorders associated with swelling and congestion such as sprains, strains, bruises, fractures and edema in rheumatic diseases. Even with migraine and other neurovegetative syndromes, the gentle massage of the lymph nodes can relieve the pain.
Under no circumstances should the lymphatic drainage be used for acute infections, as this will allow the bacteria in the body to spread even faster. Also in acute eczema, asthma, heart failure, cancer and thrombosis is to be advised against the treatment.
Lymphatic Drainage Instructions
Generally, the lymphatic drainage should only be done by trained experts. Many beauticians also have training in lymphatic drainage. The course should be at least 80 hours long and provide not only theoretical but also practical knowledge. A session usually lasts between 20 and 60 minutes. Unlike the classical massage, the circulation should not be stimulated, so it should not hurt. Basically, the lymphatic drainage is done by gentle, circular movements. There are different handles and techniques that are executed evenly and rhythmically:
- Standing circles: Place hands flat in the area of the lymph nodes and use the palms to describe gentle circles in the direction of the discharge. Repeat the grip several times, applying little pressure.
- Turn handle: lay thumbs flat, the remaining four fingers touch with the tips of the skin. Now slowly circle in the course of the lymphatic channels and repeat the lanes several times.
- Scoop Handle: Place finger as above, but now circle in the opposite direction of the lymphatic channels.
- Ultrafiltration displacement handle: press firmly together and place the flat hand on the edema. Now apply more pressure to the depth for about 20-30 seconds. Thus, the edema fluid can flow through the bloodstream.
- Wiper grip: This technique can provide relief especially in the case of fibrosis. Place your hands flat next to each other and open and close your wrists like windscreen wipers.
- Skin Folding Handle: This grip can also help loosen fibrosis. To do this, lift one skin fold with one hand, then press the thumb of the other hand against it. Now press the thumb down into the depth.