Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage stimulates the circulation and movement of lymphatic fluid around the body, using a rhythmical flowing and gentle massage approach. It is sometimes referred to as lymphatic drainage and is commonly used in the condition of lymphoedema.  We welcome people from the Yarra Valley and surrounding regions to come in for an appointment.

Treatment enhances the removal of toxins and waste from a sluggish lymphatic system, which can be an issue for people who have had previous surgery, such as lymph node removal.

Sports people and athletes may benefit, or anyone with a localised swelling associated following injury, or other broader inflammatory complaints.

Causes and types of Lymphoedema

This is often related to cancer treatment, especially following mastectomy leading to what is known as secondary lymphoedema. The swelling does not always start immediately following radiation or surgical treatment, it can develop days, weeks, months or even years after this treatment has taken place. This may also occur following other types of cancer removal surgery, such as melanoma, colon, prostate or bladder cancer, or after trauma or infection.

The condition can also be present from birth (primary lymphoedema), or may develop at any time during the course of ones life, usually affecting the limbs. The underlying causes are not completely understood by scientists.

What to expect

An appointment usually starts with a light massage over the affected area, followed by specific rubbing, strokes, taps or pushes to the skin in the direction that the fluid naturally flows, to enhance its movement towards the heart.

Sessions typically last 45-60 minutes, however one limb could be treated within a 30 minute appointment (not recommended). Research has suggested that in cases of lymphedema, it is better to have treatment performed once per day for 4-5 days for two weeks. The first week of treatment reduces the swelling, while the second week has a stabilising effect.

When should this treatment be postponed?

• When clients have an unexplained sudden increase in swelling that has not been evaluated by their doctor or other health care professional such as an Osteopath
• If you have been diagnosed with a sudden onset of lymphangitis, this in an infection and needs to clear prior to you having this treatment
• Patients with congestive heart failure
• When pain is present, treatment should be discontinued until the source of pain has been determined and the discomfort subsides

In addition to treatment, we recommend you perform self massage at home, under our clear instruction to help you get a great result. This may be used in conjunction with special light exercises, compression garments such as sleeves or stockings.  We look forward to assisting you with lymphoedema and other inflammatory conditions with lymphatic drainage massage in the beautiful Yarra Valley.