LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE
The human lymph system is a network of vessels that parallel and connect to the circulatory system. The main functions of the lymph system are to: (1) cleanse the blood by removing waste products; and (2) provide a mode of storage (lymph nodes) and transportation for lymphocytes-- highly specialized cells that play an important role in your body's autoimmune system. If you are fighting a virus, you may notice slight swelling in your lymph nodes around your neck. This indicates that your lymphocytes are actively fighting the virus.
Unlike arteries, the lymph vessels do not have an organ (heart) to move along the lymph fluid. Lymph vessels are more like the venous (veins) system, relying on muscle twitching and one-way flow valves to keep lymph moving in one direction. However, lymph can back up in cases where too much is produced, or where lymph vessels are damaged. For example, women who have had masectomies often experience lymphatic congestion, due to the destruction to the axillary lymph vessels. Lymphatic congestion can result in edema (swelling in the tissues) in the hands, arms or lower legs. It can also make one feel ill and fatigued.
One form of treatment to help remedy the situation is lymphatic drainage massage, a form of massage that uses very light pressure and long strokes over the major lymph channels in the direction of the chest, where the lymphatic system empties. A more effective, high tech treatment for treating lymphatic congestion is Endermotherapy. Endermotherapy is a soft tissue mobilization treatment that can deliver a highly effective lymphatic drainage massage, causing an increase in lymph flow up to 300% lasting up to six hours post-treatment. With its combination of powerful vacuum suction and variable speed and direction rollers, the CelluM6 moves along stagnant fluids much more effectively than a manual lymph massage.
Patients wear a nylon suit specially designed for endermotherapy treatment. The suit allows the treatment head to engage the skin without causing chafing. The sensation feels like a negative-pressure massage, applied in a wave-like pattern and is quite relaxing. Sessions are 20-40 minutes, depending on the areas treated.
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