Lymph Drainage Therapy is a gentle and relaxing technique that supports the function of your lymphatic system. It was developed by Bruno Chikly, M.D., D.O. from France, and Phoenix, Arizona.
The lymphatic system is comprised of lymphatic vessels, lymphatic fluid, lymphatic nodes, and lymphatic organs. The lymph system has a vital function that your body relies on. It can be detrimental to the workings of all your body parts if their function is compromised.
Lymph vessels are designed to remove the fluid that surrounds the cells in your body after the cells have completed their metabolic process, which includes eliminating wastes and toxins. These by-products are removed by the lymph vessels and purified in the lymph nodes, and then ultimately drained into the heart to be absorbed into the bloodstream. This process can slow down due to muscle tension or spasm, trauma, inflammation, surgery, or other disease processes. If this system is not working efficiently and is not draining the surrounding fluid quickly enough, a backup of fluid or congestion will result. The surrounding body tissues will become toxic and overloaded, resulting in muscle spasms and tightness.
Allison, using a very light touch, will map the flow of your lymphatic fluid, reroute it as necessary, and then support this new route by carefully flushing the system to remove the congestion and stagnation. This technique is good for reducing swelling from various causes, reducing muscle spasms, facilitating tissue healing, detoxifying the body, and assisting in the healing process of pain syndromes. It is typically integrated with other integrative manual therapy techniques.