Benefits of a lymphatic drainage massage
Cancer may interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up most often in the arms and legs and can cause swelling. This condition is called lymphedema.
Some cancer treatments may involve the removal of lymph nodes. Lymph nodes play a vital role in your body's ability to fight off infections.
Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system. A lymphatic massage may help with cancer related side effects such as lymphedema, fatigue, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, arthritis, and migraine episodes.
You have heard it a million times, but everyone's body and diagnosis is different. If you have had lymph nodes removed and feel like you are experiencing swelling or you want to prevent swelling in the future, a lymphatic drainage massage may be for you. If you have not had lymph nodes removed, you can still benefit from a massage.
Find a recommended masseuse that is qualified to perform a lymphatic drainage massage; this is important. Not all masseuse are knowledgeable in this area. An unqualifies masseuse can cause additional damage. Ask for referrals. Before trying anything new, always consult with your doctor.