Lymphatic massage for Health and Well being
Hands VS Machine
Dr. Vodder invented Manual Lymphatic Massage (MLD) technique back in the 30s and his method has been expanded by the Foldi Institute in Germany and through out Europe.
This technique has been successful for cancer patients, post surgery recovery and for well being.
There's a new wave of non-medical individuals using a machine to mimic lymphatic massage.
Many of these clinicians don't have National certification as a lymphedema therapist.
They didn't spend a hundred forty five hours training with doctors and PTs in order to understand and map out the lymphatic system.
1. The wand machines do not move the lymph but thin it out.
2. The vacuums do not have the tactile sensitivities to read the body’s reaction to pressure and movement and adjust as necessary.
The lymphatic system is unique to each person and each treatment is individual.
The anatomy is based on a certain Paradigm but just as a massage therapist knows,
not everyone's muscles are attached in the same place so to the lymphatic system has variances’.
A concept to take into consideration, past surgeries, any part of the skin that has been cut and healed has lost their lymphatic vessel pathway.
That Lymph then needs to be redirected around the scar tissue to an open pathway.
It is essential that a therapist has a full understanding of Anatomy and physiology so they can work with your unique situation.
There are those that say the lymphatic system dumps into the colon, it does not. Read up on your lymphatic system Anatomy it is a closed system.
It is similar to plasma, a part of your blood system delivering oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.
A small part of it stays behind to clean up the larger cellular debris.
It is a protein and more viscous.
The larger cellular debris is absorbed and slowly moves into capillaries in the tissue then transfer to vessels which are like a freeway system attached to the skin, the vessels open and close in relationship to the movement of the muscle and skin.
Stretching skin across the vessel opens up and allows the fluids to move inside.
Next, moving the skin in the intended direction of flow and releasing with a snap sets the Lymph in motion.
This movement must be the weight of a nickel the rhythm of a heartbeat.
If the pressure is too deep the vessels will collapse and fluids will not move.
The therapist must watch the movement, every time they do a series of strokes, sit back and watch how the fluids are moving.
There are times when the traditional pattern of strokes do not move fluids’ as expected, the therapist must try and move the fluids through the plexus in a different direction seeing which will move more easily. Overtime the body system will re educate itself and the fluids will naturally flow in an optimal pattern.
There is a level of tactile awareness and visual queuing, watching the fluids move that is lost with the mechanical devices.
A well trained and experienced therapist is invaluable in working with and retraining the lymphatic system for a healthier life.