Are you wondering if you are able to receive a Lymphatic Massage?
Lymphatic Massage is GREAT for anyone of any age,there are only a few conditions/health issues in which caution should be taken.
There are Four Categories that you may fit into:
Conditions in which you absolutely should not have Lymphatic Drainage Massage.
Conditions in which you will need your Physicians written approval.
Conditions in which we may have to wait for massage or work around the area.
Conditions where you can go ahead and have Lymphatic Massage.
Please review and give me a call for an appointment.
Conditions where you can have Massage & is Highly Recommended
Allergies & Sinus Infections– An allergic reactions are a symptom of an overreaction of the immune system to allergies. LDM is great for both, just not during an allergy attack.
Asthma – Not during or following an attack.
Stress & Tension – Stress triggers the sympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as the fight-or-flight state, arousing all the body’s defenses. Physical and mental stress can contribute to degenerative disease. LDM, triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which has the opposite effect. Muscles relax, heart and breathing rates decrease, causing a relaxation and drowsy state that promotes healing and balance.
Thyroid Disease – It is okay to have LDM if you have Thyroid Disease, we just avoid working the area of the thyroid.
Varicose Veins or Spider Veins – LDM is allowed, unless the area is red, hot, or swollen.
Surgery (including cosmetic/liposuction) – BEFORE Surgery; LDM helps remove stagnant fluid from tissues and increase blood flow, bringing nutrients to the tissues; LDM speeds healing and reduces edema. LDM is ago.
Scars – As an injured area heals and scars form, the lymph circulation doesn’t always improve, blocking the lymph flow. Edema forms and can remain for years after the surgery, injury, or infection. Massaging as soon as allowable after the injury, surgery, or infection will help the scars develop in a more organized way so they may become smaller, smoother, more flexible, and stronger. It is never too late to have LDM on a scar.
Cold and Allergies – If you are frequently ill with minor illnesses and recovery is slow, you may be suffering from a sluggish lymphatic system. Regular LDM, daily if possible for a week, or at least once a week for three months is recommended.
High Blood Pressure – LDM temporarily lowers blood pressure.
Conditions in which we may have to wait or work around the area
Edema – Chronic Edema if the cause is unknown we will need to consult your physician to rule out any serious health problems. If we know the cause, LDM is a go.
Soft-tissue Injury (sports injuries, car accidents, falls, etc.) – LDM helps speed healing, reduce inflammation and pain, and improve scars. LDM is appropriate after medical treatment and any serious underlying condition has been ruled out.
Chronic Fatigue, Mild Depression, and Chronic Soft-Tissue Pain – We need to know the cause, if there is no serious illness underlying the symptoms, LDM is will have great results, stimulating the immune system and renergizing the body.
Traveler’s Edema (enforced inactivity, such as sitting for a long time in a car or airplane) – LDM can remove edema and reduce the pain and stiffness. If there is pain in the calf, the calf is red, hot, or swollen, there may be a blood clot & physician treatment is suggested.
Acne, Rosacea, and Eczema – Unhealthy skin is caused by poor circulation. LDM removes wastes and toxins from skin cells, improving lymph circulation, the appearance of the skin is greatly enhanced. Massage is recommended during the acute stage. LDM also benefits the red, thickened, coarse skin resulting from chronic edema, most commonly found in the lower extremities and clients with edema.
Conditions in Which You will need Physicians approval
Surgery (including cosmetic/liposuction) AFTER Surgery – LDM helps remove inflammation, speed healing, reduce scar tissue, improve circulation, and assist in the removal of damaged tissues and chemicals. LDM will have to wait for two weeks after surgery and receive Physician approval.
Cancer/Chemotherapy – There is no evidence that LDM is dangerous for cancer patients, the benefits from touch therapy outweigh the risks. LDM is great for cancer patients in remission. If receiving Chemotherapy, your physician’s authorization is needed.
ANY and ALL organ transplants – Must have Physicians approval.
Phlebitis or taking Coumadin
Conditions in Which You may absolutely NOT have Lymphatic Massage
Heart or Kidney Disease, Congestive Heart Failure – LDM stimulates lymph circulation and returns fluid to the heart. As a result, blood volume increases, which can overload an already weakened heart or kidney.
Heart attack or Heart Surgery in the previous year or is on kidney dialysis.
Any area that is painful, red, hot or swollen – There may be a possible blood clot & would need to see your physician.
Any Skin conditions that are contagious, infected, open or discharging fluid.
Fever – Fever is a part of thy body’s natural healing processes, LDM is not recommended.