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Just Had Surgery? Feeling Swollen and Sore? Lymphatic Drainage Therapy May Be Your Answer!
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Just Had Surgery?  Feeling Swollen and Sore?  Lymphatic Drainage Therapy May Be Your Answer!

McLean, VA – October 13, 2011– Lymph-drainage therapy is a deeply relaxing massage that is useful for relieving chronic and subacute inflammations. While it is most commonly used in the treatment of cancer-related lymphedema (swelling from fluid retention), it also has many other applications. For example, it can relieve post-surgical edema, it can help remove residual anesthesia from the body, and it can assist in relieving pain and anxiety in patients suffering with fibromyalgia symptoms. In addition, by helping to remove toxins from the body, it also can be a valuable therapy for patients undergoing detoxification treatments for heavy metal or mold toxicity.

Explains Certified Massage Therapist Linda Glick, “The lymphatic system is a complex network of lymph vessels and organs that circulates lymph fluid and specialized cells throughout the body. The purpose of the lymphatic system is twofold: 1) to destroy pathogens and filter waste so it can be eliminated from the body, and 2) to support the immune system by delivering nutrients, oxygen, and hormones from the blood to cells throughout the body.”

Serious illness can compromise the effectiveness of the lymphatic system and lead to an accumulation of lymph fluid, which can add to a patient’s pain and discomfort and undermine the healing process. For example, individuals who have undergone surgery, are suffering with longstanding, disabling medical problems, or who simply get insufficient physical exercise, often experience muscle tightness and shallow breathing. These circumstances can lead to edema, inflammation, chronic pain, and an impaired immune system. Says Glick, “The good news is that lymph drainage therapy or manual lymph drainage (MLD), as it is sometimes called, can alleviate the painful symptoms of lymphatic system dysfunction and help your body to heal more quickly.”

How does LDT work? A practitioner very gently massages a client’s skin surface to detect and redirect lymph flow and facilitate proper drainage of excess fluid.

LDT or MLD has been found to be beneficial for many conditions, including:

 

 

About Linda Glick and the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine: In addition to having advanced training and many years of experience in administering Lymph Drainage Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, and Oncology Massage, Linda Glick is a Reiki Master, a Brain Gym instructor and a key part of the Kaplan Medical Center’s rehabilitation staff. Talk with your physician about LDT and whether it could be helpful to you. To learn more about The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, visit the website at www.kaplanclinic.com.

 

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