Our body is comprised of a network of vessels and nodes that act as a drainage and transport system. It begins from the outer most points of our body (fingers, toes, and head), and eventually makes its way back to the heart. It can be compared to a sewage system in a city, but also a courier system as well. In essence it takes the waste from each cell and brings it to the treatment facility. But it also acts as a means to transport proteins, and our immune system. It is not affiliated with the flow of the circulatory system and doesn’t have a continuous flow. It moves when we move. Action is the key!
What Can Lymphatic Drainage Therapy Do To Help?
As with any system that has fluid movement, blockage is a bad thing. The lymph system is no different. Earlier we compared the lymphatic system to a city’s sewage system. If you have ever had sewage back up in your home, you know how wretched a problem it quickly becomes. When we have a backup of our lymphatic system, the problem isn’t so quick and obvious, but the results can be damaging to our body. Conditions such as Lymphedema, is a result of damage or removal of key lymphatic vessels or nodes from treatments for cancer.
ANY type of surgery can alter the flow of lymph fluid and can create and increased amount of swelling and bruising. If you are experiencing a continual redness or pain on or around the surgical site, chances are, lymphatic drainage therapy will be beneficial. Many patients, who have undergone breast augmentation or reduction surgery, develop a significant amount of bruising and swelling post-surgery which slows down the recovery process. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy has been quite successful in reducing the bruising, which minimizes the recovery time, but more importantly, reduces the pain that is present.
When recovering from any surgery, our body must undergo the healing process, which includes the breakdown of the damaged tissue, the removal of dead tissue, and the overindulgence of the building material to heal the damaged site. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is very effective in accelerating this essential process.
Choosing Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a treatment that is slowly gaining recognition amongst the healthcare community, even though it has been around for years. There are many individuals that claim that they do Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, but have only a weekend course that touched on the foundation of what it really is. Finding a therapist that has the qualifications and training necessary to safely perform the lifesaving treatment is truly a challenge. One of the questions that must be asked when looking for a qualified therapist is the type of training that they have undergone. Unfortunately, there is training DVD’s that only hint at what is needed to be done. Only “hands on training” is acceptable. The next question that must be answered is how long has the therapist been practicing Lymphatic Drainage Therapy? Because of the nature of conditions such as cancer, a weekend or DVD training course is unacceptable to take on the challenges that you may face. Our therapist, Cynthia MacDonald has spent the past 20 years studying and qualifying her to be the best in Southern Utah in her industry. She is the proud recipient of CS1, LDT1, LDT2, LDT3, LLCC, as well as IAHE Teaching Assistant certifications for the Chikly Health Institute which has set the standard for all Lymphatic Drainage Therapy in the world.