Lymphatic drainage massage is a unique form of therapy that uses mild pressure along specific points of the body. It removes blockages and aids in detoxifying the body of waste cells, excess proteins and toxins.
This is a great way to detox on a monthly basis. Lymphatic drainage massage is particularly beneficial when used with our Venus Legacy, non-surgical fat loss treatments.
Causes of Lymphatic Congestion
Although there are many reasons why the lymphatic system and lymph nodes may become congested, these can be narrowed down to three major causes.
Stress has been identified as the cause of about 80% of all chronic health issues. The chemistry of stress is degenerative and lymph congesting.
Digestive imbalances may irritate intestinal villi, which is a classic reason for lymph congestion. As the majority of the lymph in the body surrounds the gut (Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissues – GALT), the quality of the villi are critical for proper lymph flow, detoxification, assimilation, and immunity.
Iodine deficiency is also a common cause of lymphatic congestion. Iodine helps to mitigate the effects of a toxic environment and supports the lymphatic system at the cellular level.
Constricting, tight-fitting clothing such as underwire bras can impede normal lymphatic flow. One of the largest clusters of lymph nodes is located in the armpit and upper chest area, and those nodes act as a source of drainage for the breast, arm, and upper chest.
Common Symptoms of Lymphatic Congestion
Rings get tight on fingers
Soreness and/or stiffness in the morning
Bloating / Holding on to water
Weight gain and extra belly fat
Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
Mild rash or acne
Elevated histamine and irritation due to common environmental allergens
Occasional constipation, diarrhea, and/or mucus in the stool
Are there any side effects or conditions where lymphatic massage should be avoided?
The National Lymphedema Network lists four circumstances under which lymphatic massage or drainage should be avoided:
When patients who have developed lymphedema after surgery experience a sudden, marked increase in localized swelling. Under these circumstances, patients are advised to stop treatment and to see their physicians for evaluation as soon as possible.
Patients with a sudden onset of lymphangitis (an infection) should immediately discontinue treatment until the infection is treated and completely clears up. Patients who are at increased risk for blood clotting should be tested to rule out deep-venous thrombosis before being treated. During treatment, these patients should be followed closely, and testing should be performed on a regular basis.
Patients who have congestive heart failure must be monitored closely to avoid moving too much fluid too quickly, which could put a strain on the heart.
When pain is present, treatment should be discontinued until the underlying cause has been determined and the pain subsides.