Lymphatic drainage therapy

Osteopathy, Uncategorized

What is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT), sometimes called manual lymphatic drainage. is a type of light massage designed to support the lymphatic system. Stimulation of the flow of lymphatic fluid can powerfully improve your body’s capacity to heal, clear itself of toxins and boost immunity. 

Lymphatic fluid flows through the body in lymph vessels, which connect lymph nodes. As it passes through the lymph nodes, white blood cells trap and destroy harmful particles, such as bacteria.   

There are a variety of reasons why this system might get blocked, including infection, medication, and trauma. Research suggests that manual massage of the lymphatic system can help with many conditions. 

What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage therapy? 

Lymphatic Drainage has been found to support:   

  • Detoxification 
  • Boosting immunity 
  • Reducing chronic pain 
  • Calming the nervous system 
  • Improvement in sleep 
  • Better skin tone 
  • Improvement in muscle condition 

Lymphatic massage as part of osteopathic treatment

Claire Forrester, the principal osteopath in our Cambridgeshire clinic, offers Lymphatic Drainage Massage as part of her treatment. 

As an osteopath, her treatment is individually tailored to you as a whole person, rather than simply on the symptoms of your pain or discomfort. She is trained to examine any structural problems you may have, identifying underlying factors that have led to your condition. Following her examination and diagnosis, Lymphatic Drainage massage may form a part of her treatment where appropriate. 

As a holistic massage, osteopathic massage embraces the principles of both osteopathy and remedial massage. It is a “whole body” massage using a variety of stretching exercises and osteopathic practices. 

Osteopathic massage frees up restrictions in joints and muscles, which allows for better flow in the blood and lymph, as well as in nerve impulse transmission. This in turn supports your ability to fight off illness, as well as to heal from trauma or disease. 

If you would like to find out more about osteopathic massage and how it could help you, please get in touch. 

Please note: The information on this page is provided as general guidance only and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice. If you have any concerns about your health or wellbeing, please consult your GP.