Lymphatic Balancing & Lymphedema
Why ABG Wellness? It’s simple. There is no better investment of energy, time or money than in yourself. At ABG Wellness in Chandler, AZ, we believe ‘beauty’ applies to anyone and everyone because it is no longer defined in the ways our parents and grandparents viewed it. Beauty is in the decision to care for yourself and how you care for others.
What is Lymphatic Balancing MD Therapy?
Lymphatic Balancing MD Therapy (LBMDT) is a hands-on therapy that uses gentle manual pumping and drainage techniques to simulate a specific wave-like movement to stimulate fluid motion and aid in the recirculation of blood and lymph. These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and fluid circulation and stimulate the function of the immune system. Therapy includes infrared and ultrasound for less fluid retention, reduction of inflammation, and improves bladder control.
- Breast Reconstruction
- Tissue Fibrosis
- Body Detoxing
- Gynecomastia Surgery
- Vaser 360 Lipo
- Male BBL
- Pectoral Fat Transfer
Who Can Benefit From Lymphatic Balancing MD Therapy?
- Pre & Post-surgery Clients
- BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift)
- Tummy Tuck
- Breast Augmentation
- Infants to Elderly
- Sedentary to Athletic
- Preventative Care to Acute Traumas
- Clients with Chronic Conditions
Lymphatic Balancing MD Therapy has been shown to help:
- Super boost your immunity
- Release toxic fluid build-up
- Faster Recovery
- Decrease acute and chronic pain
- Reduce edema and lymphedema (primary, secondary, and post-surgical)
- Release muscle spasm and decrease joint pain
- Reduction symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
- Reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia
- Decrease headaches
- Induce deep relaxation to aid insomnia, stress, and loss of vitality
- Increase circulation for amputees
- Increase function after sports injuries
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema – Also called lymphatic obstruction is swelling in an arm or leg caused by a lymphatic system blockage.
The condition is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system, part of the immune and circulatory systems. Lymphedema is most commonly caused by lymph node removal or damage due to cancer treatment.
The main symptom is swelling in an arm or leg that may be accompanied by pain or discomfort. Exercise, wrapping, lymphatic drainage massage, and compression can help.
Requires a medical diagnosis. The main symptom is swelling in an arm or leg that may be accompanied by pain or discomfort.
Pain areas: in the arms or legs or skin
Skin: dimpled skin like an orange peel or rashes
Also common: swelling in extremities, swollen lymph nodes, or water retention.
Treatment consists of devices and therapy
Exercise, wrapping, lymphatic drainage massages, and compression
Elastic bandage: Stretchy bandages used to wrap sprains and strains. Provides support and compression during recovery.
Compression stockings: Elastic hosiery that squeeze blood up the legs to prevent swelling and blood clots.
Physical exercise: Aerobic activity for 20-30 minutes 5 days a week improves cardiovascular health. If injured, pursuing an activity that avoids the injured music.
Stretching: Stretching exercises can improve flexibility and improve physical function.
Moisturizer: Hydrates and protects skin from damage.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapist: Is a specially qualified practitioner trained in Lymphatic Drainage Massage. Lymphatic Drainage Massage can help promote the circulation of lymph, reduce swelling, associated pain and discomfort.
Occupational Therapist: Improves daily living and work skills of patients.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Restores function and quality of life to those with physical disabilities.
Physical Therapist: Restores muscled strength and function through exercise.
Primary Care Provider (PCP): Prevents, diagnoses, and treat diseases.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), also known as lymphatic massage or lymphatic drainage, is a gentle massage modality that addresses a buildup of lymph fluid in the extremities. This condition, called lymphedema, is caused by blockages in the lymphatic system. It’s often a side effect of cancer treatment, lymph node removal, infection in the lymph nodes, or pregnancy. Its first stage has a classic presentation called ‘pitted edema.’ If you press your finger into the affected area, it will live a temporary ‘pit’ instead of bouncing back. Its most severe stages, cause the effected limb to look engorged and leathery.
In a healthy body, contractions of lymph vessels and the movement of skeletal muscles circulates lymph, moving immune cells and collecting waste products. Lymph is swept to the lymph nodes and drains into the circulatory system for the body to process. The goal of MLD is to encourage the natural flow to lymph toward the lymph nodes and reduce fluid buildup.
Manual lymphatic drainage was originally developed in the 1930s by Drs. Emil and Estrid Vodder. While working with patients suffering from chronic colds, the Vodders noticed their patients frequently suffered from swollen lymph nodes. Not much was known about the lymphatic system in the thirties, and the Vodders dedicated their practice to studying lymph flow. They introduced their light, rhythmic drainage technique in 1936 and began teaching as a complementary therapy after World War II. The Vodder method is a school of MLD still used today.
How Does Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Work?
Lymph vessels are a mesh of tiny, thin-walled structures that are encouraged to drain under specific conditions. About 70 percent of them are located just below the skin. Lymphatic massage therapists focus on lymph flow and work with the action of these capillaries for maximum potential benefit.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage sessions are slow, gentle and rhythmic. The practitioner uses just enough pressure, about 1 to 4 ounces, to manipulate the skin and the lymph vessels just below it without pushing the vessels closed. The movements smoothly push and “stretch” the tissue to encourage fluid flow. The slow pace gives the fluid time to pass from vessel to vessel efficiently.
Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphedema can have a significant impact on quality of life. Manual Lymphatic massage therapy on its own is meant to alleviate mild, or Stage 1, lymphedema. Because lymphedema can have a serious impact on other structures like blood vessels, clients seeking MLD should have a doctor’s approval before receiving treatments.
Key lymphatic massage benefits can include:
• Reduction of swelling
• Improved range of motion
• Relief from swelling-induced discomfort
• Relief from feelings of stress, anxiety and depression
• Boosts in confidence
Utilizing Lymphatic Massage Techniques
Many lymphatic massage therapists offer MLD as a stand-alone session. These sessions typically last 60 to 90 minutes. In cases of acute lymphedema, such as following surgery, some clients may seek 30-minute sessions once a day for several weeks. These short sessions can also be combined with other modalities to form a complete treatment plan.
MLD is an excellent complementary therapy to incorporate to other massage sessions either as a matter of routine or as a 30-minute add-on treatment. Because it’s often caused by cancer, it can be offered alongside oncology massage. It can be tailored into pregnancy massage sessions or the sports massage of a young athlete with hereditary lymphedema.
Teaching clients self-care techniques is a common part of MLD sessions. Self-care can help extend the effectiveness of a professional session and help clients with chronic lymphedema regain a sense of control over their bodies.
Lymphatic Massage vs Complete Decongestive Therapy
Lymphatic massage is a mild therapy, and on its own is best for the first and mildest stages of lymphedema. For more advanced cases, a comprehensive technique called complete decongestive therapy (CDT) is often recommended.
CDT is an aggressive protocol of lymphatic massage, bandaging, compression garments, exercise, and self-care performed under a doctor’s supervision. It’s meant to wrestle lymphedema under control and then maintain the results. It’s split into two phases. Phase One lasts 3 to 6 weeks and involves controlling moderate to severe swelling. Phase Two is an ongoing self-care protocol tailored to maintain the results. Performing CDT requires in-depth, specialized training beyond that of manual lymph drainage techniques alone.
Oxygen Therapy & Lymphatic Therapy
after plastic surgery
Having plastic surgery or any other cosmetic procedure can be a very exciting time in your life, but we all know beauty can cause pain.
The good news is that plastic surgery recovery doesn’t have to be like this anymore! Many women and men are choosing to have hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in conjunction with lymphatic balancing therapy after their cosmetic procedures.
How is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy beneficial for plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by exposing the body to an atmosphere of 100% oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps to reduce swelling and discomfort while providing your body with at least 10–15 times its normal supply of oxygen. Because of this, many doctors recommend HBOT to help plastic surgery patients recover faster after their cosmetic procedures.
We all need oxygen to heal properly. Exposing your body to 100% oxygen can accelerate the healing process by allowing more oxygen to reach treated areas. This gives your body the opportunity to heal and significantly improve—and in some cases totally relieve—your presenting symptoms after surgery.
How is Lymphatic Balancing Therapy beneficial for plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures?
- Reduced post-op swelling – Lymphatic massage reduces swelling
- Reduced post-op pain – Hundreds of patients and multiple studies show lymphatic massage to reduce post-op soreness
- Better overall results – By removing excess tissue and fluids under the skin, lymphatic massage helps you achieve better overall appearance
- Detoxification and Cleanse – As the go to lymphatic cleansing procedure, the drainage helps you flush toxins out of your body
- Relaxation and Energy – Patients often feel extremely joyful and energized for weeks after the procedure
Patients undergoing the following cosmetic procedures can benefit from having Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Lymphatic Balancing Therapy pre- / post-procedure:
- Mommy Makeover
- Brazilian Butt Lift
- Fat Transfers
- Breast Augmentation / Breast Lift
- Rhinoplasty / Nose Job
- Mentoplasty / Chin Augmentation
- Cyst Removal
- Tummy Tuck
- Blepharoplasty / Eyelid surgery
- Hair Transplants
- Gynecomastia Treatment
- Fillers / Botox
The top benefits of combining Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy with Lymphatic Massage Therapy after plastic surgery:
- Speeds up healing and recovery with plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery by up to 75%
- Dramatically reduces post-surgical bruising, swelling and inflammation
- Scars have been shown to heal better with HBOT due to collagen production
- Decreased need for post-procedure pain pills
- Detoxification and Cleanse
- Relaxation and Energy
- Overall, less pain, fewer scars, less downtime for the patient—so you can return to work faster, looking and feeling beautiful!