Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT)
Your lymphatic system is critical to your body’s ability to maintaining a healthy immune system. It helps rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. The lymphatic system consists primarily of lymph vessels and nodes working in cooperation to accomplish these tasks.
Lymphatic drainage is a gentle, noninvasive manual technique that has a powerful effect on the body. Research in Australia, Europe, and North America has proven its efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with other therapies. Its origins can be traced to Dr. E. Miller (1920), Dr. F. Millard (1922), and Dr. E. Vodder (1932).
Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is an original hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO. LDT takes traditional lymph drainage techniques and adds a new level of precision in keeping with the latest scientific discoveries and exact anatomical science.
LDT is a gentle manual technique used to help recirculate body fluids, stimulate functioning of the immune system, and balance the autonomic nervous system. While the exact amount of pressure applied depends on the area and pathology involved, it usually equates to very little pressure. It is a very relaxing modality, which influences the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting rest and healing within the body.
There are many health problems that may result from congested and stagnant lymph drainage. Here is a partial list of conditions that may improve with increased lymph flow: arthritis, post breast cancer lymphedema, cellulite, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia, HIV, sinus problems, sluggishness, frequent colds or flu, congested lungs, wrinkles, vertigo, edema, toxin accumulation, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney problems, lupus, lymphedema, neck & shoulder stiffness, premenstrual syndrome, polyps, skin disorders, stress, chronic pain, and insomnia.
LDT promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments, and sprains, while lessening the pain. It also aids in the healing of wounds and burns, improves the appearance of old scars and minimizes stretch marks. LDT can help to stimulate the immune system and metabolism for healthy weight loss. The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in the body’s ability to heal from injury and to ward off disease.
The purpose of LDT is to mechanically move fluid through the body’s tissues, removing waste materials and infectious microorganisms, and pushing that fluid through lymph nodes which clean lymph fluid and return it to the vascular system. Your lymphatic system is your primary defense against bacteria, viruses and fungus.
For the most part lymphatic drainage is safe. However, as with all manual therapies there are some contraindications. For lymphatic drainage specifically, these include acute inflammation, malignant tumors, thrombosis and major heart problems.
If you have any questions about Lymph Drainage Therapy, please talk it over with your physician.