Posts Tagged ‘Lymph Drainage’

Lymphedema Awareness Day

Eunice Mooney, a certified lymphatic therapist, demonstrates a massage technique for lymphedema on client Donna Braham. Herald photo by Angela Hill

Eunice Mooney, a certified lymphatic therapist, demonstrates a massage technique for lymphedema on client Donna Braham. Herald photo by Angela Hill.

An article written by Angela Hill for the Prince Albert Daily Herald tells us that today is Lymphedema Awareness Day in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Let’s promote awareness here as well!  Why not?

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Arm Exercises May Cut Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors

An article published by Reuters verifies what we lymph drainage specialists have suspected all along, stating:

After a year, women who did a twice weekly workout while wearing a compression garment had less arm pain and swelling, a condition known as lymphedema.

“Weight lifting reduced the number and severity of arm and hand symptoms, increased muscular strength and reduced the incidence of lymphedema,” a team at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.



Lindsey Vonn wins the Gold!

She did it!  US skier Lindsey Vonn won the GOLD medal in Women’s Alpine Downhill Skiing at the Olympics.  Hard work, determination & plenty of lymph drainage massage has paid off.  Way to go, Lindsey!

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Olympic Skier Recovers with Help of Lymphatic Drainage

U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn is glad to be back on the snow and credits lymphatic drainage massage with assisting in her recovery. On February 2nd, she experienced “an excruciatingly painful deep tissue bruise on her right shin in a slalom training crash.”

Lymphatic Drainage can be wonderful for all deep bruises and sprains, as it directly affects the lymphatic system to decrease swelling and inflammation.

Sometimes it seems to work too well.  It can take away the pain way too fast!  (I have to remind people that just because their ankles don’t hurt doesn’t mean that they can go right back out running or dancing or skiing.  The body still needs rest to allow time to for the body to fully heal. . . .)

We hope that Lindsey will be able to recover fully and compete in this year’s Olympics without further injury.  Good luck, Lindsey!

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Bras May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

Biomed Middle EastWhile it may seem a bit far-fetched to speak of ladies’ undergarments being out to kill us, it makes perfect sense that brassieres could at the very least increase our risk of breast cancer. A few days ago, I ran across an interesting article on this very subject whilst updating myself on world news.

Most of the women with whom I work wear bras that are WAY too tight.  This constricts lymphatic flow, making it extremely difficult for the body to cleanse the area of toxins (including carcinogenic chemicals).  These toxins build up and form lumps, cysts – even cancerous cells and tumors.  From a lymphologist’s standpoint, anything that binds too tightly (especially in bands – like bra straps, bra bands, underwear elastics, tight belts, etc.) can be a serious obstruction to proper lymphatic flow.

The research cited goes on to say that locally increased temperature may alter hormone production, thereby increasing the risk of breast cancer.  Melatonin production also seems to decrease the more a woman wears a bra.  Melatonin has powerful antioxidant qualities and has been shown to decrease the rate of breast cancer growth.

Please take a few minutes to read the linked article.  More research needs to be done, but the numbers are nothing short of shocking.  Of the 4700+ women involved in the study:

  • Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer.
  • Women who wore bras more than 12 hour per day but not to bed had a 1 out of 7 risk.
  • Women who wore their bras less than 12 hours per day had a 1 out of 152 risk.
  • Women who wore bras rarely or never had a 1 out of 168 chance of getting breast cancer – The same as men who don’t wear bras!
  • The overall difference between 24 hour wearing and not at all was a 125-fold difference.
  • 80% of bra-wearers who experienced lumps, cysts and tenderness saw the symptoms vanish within a month of going braless.

Please take this into consideration.  If you are going to wear a bra (and most of us women will, nonetheless), it is important to take some precautions.  A well-fitting healthy bra should be slightly loose. . . .  You should easily be able to slip two fingers under the shoulder straps and under the band at the rib cage.  Also, be sure to massage your breasts after removing your bra.  This will help stimulate the lymphatics to do their job and take care of you!

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What is Manual Lymph Drainage in Massage Therapy?

By Micaela Romualdez

Manual lymph drainage (MLD) refers to a very gentle kind of massage therapy used to get rid of excess fluid from the body and improve the overall role of the lymphatic system. This particular method of massage therapy is used to treat lymphedema, which is the blocking of lymph nodes in the upper and lower extremities.

MLD dates back to the early 1930’s when it was first used on patients as a useful way to detoxify the body. Nowadays, MLD is still used to improve the internal mechanism of the lymphatic system. This kind of massage is applied gently in a direction parallel to normal lymph flow in order to unclog any blocked lymph vessels and permit lymph flow to carry waste from the body freely. Read the rest of this entry »


What is Lymphatic Massage?

By Micaela Romualdez

Lymphatic massage is a gentle kind of massage. This massage serves to stimulate the lymphatic system to increase metabolism, remove cellular waste and debris, and promote a healthy immune system. Lymphatic massage is also known as lymphatic drainage. Read the rest of this entry »


Massage Primer

The practice of various massage techniques can be traced though human history and nearly every culture. Artwork and literature from many civilizations show that nearly all ancient cultures practiced massage in some form. This is shown in cave drawings by out prehistoric ancestors, ancient Chinese books dating back as far as 3000 B.C., medical textbooks by Greek and Roman physicians written in the millennia preceding Christ, Indian and Hindu tradition and literature dating back over three thousand years.

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Lymphatic Massage For Beauty Inside As Well As Out!

By Willie Jones

When a family member of mine was diagnosed with lymphoma, a large marble sized rock hard lump in the neck, it was such a shock! The difficult part after that was trying to figure out the best course of action. We have always leaned towards natural remedies and we were thankfully steered towards a naturopath that did lymphatic massage Read the rest of this entry »


Healing Mind and Body With Massage and Stretching

By Mark Bromson, M.D.

When patients ask me about natural medicine, they often expect me to talk about herbs, folk remedies or exotic Chinese healing techniques. So, when the first thing I recommend for patients is stretching and massage, they are often surprised. Though most people view massage as a pleasurable indulgence and stretching as an athletic activity, both of these practices can also be part of an effective medical treatment. Read the rest of this entry »