Lymphatic drainage can prove beneficial in a number of ways:
- Immune system stimulation
- Reduction in oedema (swelling)
- Regeneration of tissues (e.g., from burns and pre & post surgical scarring)
- Reduction of symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Pain relief
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression and stress
- Treatment and control of lymphoedema
- Removal of toxins and dead cells
- Concentration of the lymph fluid
- Filtration and purification of lymph fluid
- Production of lymphocytes (immune cells).
Lymphatic drainage for pre and post surgery Lymphatic drainage can encourage tissue regeneration, so reducing the formation and severity of scars which can be unsightly and sometimes painful. Treatment can be as soon as 24 hrs after surgery, with consent from the doctor and no contraindications. After surgery, lymphatic pathways will be distinctly different – studies show that it takes between seven and ten days for natural functioning of the lymphatic vessels to be re-established. Probably the most significant benefit of applying lymphatic drainage after surgery is to prevent or alleviate oedema or swelling. Swelling can cause pain and encourage infection.