Lymphatic Drainage is a valuable tool for many patients.
We are lucky to have clinicians who specialise in lymphatic drainage – a sought-after treatment for patients with various conditions.
Marie and Sam can assist patients who are struggling with persistent swelling, whether this is the result of a medical condition or a consequence of surgery.
Learn more below.
The lymphatic system plays an important role in blood circulation, waste removal and infection control.
Its structure is made of connecting vessels and nodes in the body which regulate fluid volume and blood content by draining the interstitial space.
Oedema (swelling) from a musculoskeletal injury or systemic illness will require this system to work harder to manage the excess fluid generated by normal or excessive inflammatory responses.
Lymphatic drainage techniques aim to improve musculoskeletal injury symptoms by increasing pressure gradients, through mobilisation of joints and organs that are structurally and functionally linked to the lymphatic system. This improves fluid return to the organs which helps dispose of waste products.
Lymphatic drainage can help to:
● improve fluid exchange
● improve fascial tissue mobility
● reduce pain associated with inflammation
● reduce swelling
● increase toxin removal
● improve orthopaedic rehabilitation outcomes.
Depending on the cause of the lymphatic system dysfunction or the stage of your injury these techniques may be recommended or contra-indicated. Your practitioner will use these techniques only when appropriate depending on individual medical history and presenting complaints.
Our lymphatic experts come from our osteopathy and sports massage teams, which speaks for itself in showing the integration of how the body functions and how the disciplines within our team overlap.
Our physiotherapists handle a lot of post-surgical cases, and they might suggest lymphatic drainage to certain patients, on a case-by-case basis.