Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Lymphatic System?

 

The lymphatic or lymph system involves an extensive network of lymphatic vessels that goes through almost

all our tissues to allow for the movement of a fluid called lymph. This fluid contains infection-fighting white blood cells. Lymph circulates through the body in a similar way

as blood. The primary function of the lymphatic system

is to transport lymph. When functioning properly, it cleans the body, eliminating the toxins, in addition to playing

a key role in assisting the immune system to prevent diseases, and reducing edema and water retention.

 

What causes the lymphatic system not work properly?
 

There are several causes why the lymphatic system would not work well. The most common are:

 

  •   Hormonal imbalances

  •   Food allergies

  •   Infections

  •   Stress

  •   Improper diet

  •   Surgeries

  •   Lack of exercise

  •   Cancer treatments

  •   Lack of sleep

  •   Digestive disorders

  •   Excessive weight

     

Who can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage?
 

In reality, everyone can benefit from the Lymphatic Drainage treatment. Since the lymphatic system plays

an important role in the immune system, the proper flow

of the lymph fluid can positively impact many conditions, even if in a preventative way. People, who are struggling with a multitude of conditions, would also benefit from the treatment. These conditions may be:
 

  •   Pre and post-cosmetic surgery patients

  •   General inflammation

  •   Cancer

  •   Heart disease

  •   Lyme disease

  •   Chronic pain

  •   Fibromyalgia

  •   Auto-Immune disease

  •   Multiple sclerosis

  •   Scar reduction

  •   Poor circulation

  •   Enlarged prostate

  •   General detox and cleansing

  •   Edema and water retention

  •   Cellulite

  •   Lymphedema

  •   Pre and post-athletic application (preventive and reparative   injuries)

What to expect from the treatment?

Based on the anatomy and physiology of the Lymphatic System, the therapist will apply very gentle recurring

circular movements in specific areas of the body. These movements can be manual, machine assisted, or a combination of both. In most cases, patients experience

an extremely relaxing feeling at the end of the session. Depending on each case, scheduling sessions regularly

will produce better results.

 


What is the difference between Manual and Assisted Lymphatic Drainage?

 

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a technique,

which uses pressure and motion applied with the hands

to help stimulate proper lymphatic fluid flow and drainage. The primary purpose of MLD therapy is to treat lymphedema patients. The therapy is practiced in clinics and hospitals all over the world by certified therapists.


Although MLD has its place, Assisted Lymphatic Therapy (ALT) can stimulate the lymph at a greater depth

and it will enhance lymph flow with far less therapy time.

The enhanced stimulation of ALT has provided benefits

to many of my clients who experienced limited response from MLD.

 

What is Assisted Lymphatic Therapy (ALT)?
 

Assisted Lymphatic Therapy is a gentle, light touch

non-invasive technique to stimulate the proper flow and drainage of the lymphatic system. A combination of vibrational, light and electrical waves help to stimulate

the flow by causing the dissociation of proteins that

have become trapped in the body. This technique

offers the patient a natural complement to the manual Lymphatic Therapy.