Lymphatic Drainage Massage: What Is It?


Today I’m feeling the need to address a couple of topics at once. Just recently in my practice I have come across several people who have received lymphatic drainage massage and claimed it was very painful, leaving them sore for days afterwards. My response to them was simple, if it hurts your practitioner is doing it wrong.

Lymphatic drainage massage can be quite useful in relieving swelling following a traumatic injury or in people with chronic illness and those Lymphatic Drainage Massage at our Miami medical center - Brickelwith lymphedema (a form of swelling in the arms and legs, caused by obstruction of the lymph vessels). That being said, people who receive lymphatic drainage massage and benefit most from it, are typically not the best candidates for heavy pressure and very intrusive body work techniques. This form of massage is performed using gentle circular motions that  encourage the flow of lymph fluid toward the lymph nodes, where it can be processed out of the body. While it is possible for the patient to experience some slight discomfort due to the nature of the area being worked on, it should NEVER be painful. Very heavy pressure can be damaging to the delicate structures of the lymph system and create more swelling as a result.

As a patient, it is of utmost importance that you find a practitioner who is experienced in the massage modality you wish to have performed. Sometimes this requires doing your homework and researching massage techniques on your own in order to properly assess the and training of your provider.

If you are interested in finding out more about Lymphatic Drainage Massage or any of the other massage techniques we utilize in our office, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to discuss the many benefits of massage with our clients. Call us at 661-942-5000 today.

Jenny Orr, Licensed Massage Therapist
Performance Chiropractic
1055 West Columbia Way, Suite 106
Lancaster, CA 93534