Lymphatic drainage

The lymphatic drainage is a pleasant decongestion, in which the flow of lymph in the body is stimulated by gentle handles, pressure and relaxation techniques. Since the manual lymph drainage massage is not a classic, it should be done only under the supervision of trained experts. Professionally used can cause lymphatic drainage much.Thus, the lymphatic drainage has long been used in the face in the field of cosmetic dermatology, where it is used, for example acne or scars. In medicine, manual lymphatic drainage has been recognized for years and is used in the treatment of lymphedema about.

The principle of the lymphatic drainage

Already in the 16th century speculated doctors and scientists: In addition to the bloodstream it would still be a second vascular network that supplies the body cells and purified. You were right. The lymph flows on branched lymphatics through the human body, so transports nutrients and fats to the cells and takes up also the same viruses, bacteria, cell debris and pollutants.

To clean the lymph from their dangerous cargo, filter stations are on the lymphatics always turned on, the so-called lymph nodes. These are about the size of small kidney beans and usually sit botryoidal near veins, in the armpits, elbows, knees, loins, chest and neck. In the lymph nodes sitting white blood cells and germ-killing cells, purify the blood. With a disease, the white blood cells, which can swell the lymph nodes increase.

Lymphatic drainage: lymph and lymph nodes

The lymph does not have its own pump, but is coupled to the pressure of the blood system. Therefore, it sometimes takes a while until the pollutants are transported in the blood. With a manual lymphatic drainage, this process can be accelerated. In this case, the flow of lymph from the outside with sweeping, circular motions excited.

This principle of lymphatic drainage discovered in the 1930s, Danish physiotherapist Emil Vodder. He had noticed that patients had chronic colds often enlarged lymph nodes. When he started in some patients to massage the lymph nodes gently (lymphatic drainage), this soon became healthy. Today, the drainage is a treatment technique that is used in both the medical and the cosmetic field.

Application of manual therapy

Long before the lymphatic drainage was used in the medical field, it was a common method of treatment in the dermatological cosmetics. There, the lymphatic drainage is primarily on the face, for the treatment of acne and scars or Pre and post-treatment of operations used.

Especially during surgical procedures in the chest area can be reduced by prior lymphatic scarring. The deep cut during surgery fine lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes may be destroyed. The result is that the fabric can not be removed water, accumulates and swells and pushes the fresh seam. Which not only slows down the healing of wounds, but can also be ugly scars and adhesions have the effect.

In addition, the massage of the lymph nodes in a lymphatic drainage generally strengthens the immune system, reduces stress and helps prevent allergiesbefore and water retention.