Lymphatic drainage is a treatment which aids in the removal of excess fluid from the tissues, returning it to the circulation for redistribution or disposal.
It involves very light-touch, slow, rhythmical pumping techniques and is particularly useful to alleviate swelling associated with injuries, lymphoedema, venous insufficiency, pregnancy and post-surgery. It is also used where lymph nodes have been removed or compromised as part of cancer treatment.
As lymph returns to the circulation at the base of the neck, it is important to make sure that the drainage pathway is clear so it can cope with fluid load from the site of swelling. Treatment therefore has a whole-body approach, starting in the head and neck area and working backwards to the site of the problem.
The gentle nature of this treatment can make it an extremely relaxing therapeutic experience.