Mechanical lymphatic drainage

The lymph and its functions

The lymph is a dense and heavy yellowish fluid that surrounds all body cells and determines their ‘internal environment.’ Just as a human being cannot survive in a polluted, suffocating atmosphere, the cells of our body need a healthy living environment to function properly.

The lymph collects excess fluid, waste, toxic and foreign matter from the intercellular space and delivers them to the “filter” - the so-called lymph nodes. It acts as a barrier, protecting the body from diseases and infections, and is therefore responsible for its resistance. The main components of the lymph are lymphocytes and macrophages. Their task is to find and destroy bacteria and viruses. The lymphatic vessels eventually merge into two large vessels located near the heart, so the lymph returns back to the bloodstream, where it is further processed and transferred to the excretory organs. In the blood system, blood circulates by contraction of the heart muscle. The lymphatic system has no such central “pump.” It circulates very slowly. The lymph flow provides contraction of the skeletal and respiratory muscles.

The difference between mechanical and manual lymphatic drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage or mechanical lymphatic drainage? Manual lymphatic drainage is mechanical removal of waste material. In machine lymphatic drainage, we use the apparatus lymphatic drainage (press therapy). By overpressure mechanical lymphatic drainage we achieve better results than by the manual one.

Why mechanical lymphatic drainage?

Machine lymphatic drainage is performed on all parts of the body at the same time. One machine lymphatic drainage procedure equals 10 manual lymphatic drainages. The machine applies infrared heat and electro stimulation of muscles, which pleasantly warms the body, dissolves fat, speeds up the removal of excess fluid and waste materials, and provides muscle training.

When should we apply lymphatic drainage?

There are numerous indications, but most often we perform it in the following conditions:

  • Swelling, especially of the eyelids, legs and arms
  • Haematomas, sports injuries
  • Swelling after cancer surgery (breast, nose)
  • With poor body resistance and frequent mental and physical exertion
  • Therapy for allergies, burns and scars
  • Excellent cellulite removal and after surgery therapy (liposuction)
  • Mandatory therapy after cavitation (non-surgical liposuction)
  • Successful therapy for chilblains, rheumatic diseases and various spinal diseases
  • It is used for cosmetic purposes in the treatment of acne, couperose and special facial care.

Preventive and therapeutic effects of lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage has extremely beneficial preventive and therapeutic effects:

  • Drainage effect (removal of waste material and toxins from the body)
  • Better body resilience
  • Pain management
  • Anti-stress effect (lymphatic drainage movements are gentle, light, and should take place in a properly warm and quiet space, with gentle music and aroma of the room)

When is lymphatic drainage not recommended?

Lymphatic drainage is not recommended in the following cases:

- Low blood pressure

- Untreated malignant tumours with the potential for metastases

- Acute inflammation

- Generalized and local thrombosis

- Cardiac decompensation

- Functional disorders of the thyroid gland

- Chronic inflammation

- Bronchial asthma

- Menstruation

In cancers (carcinoma), acute inflammation, weak heart, thrombosis, tuberculosis and asthma in the acute state we refrain from lymphatic drainage.

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