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  • 1. Lymphatic Drainage Massage Presented by Dalal Akoury, MD
  • 2. The Lymphatic System• Within the vascular system, the lymphatic vessels transport antibody cells and fluid• Lymph in these vessels is a watery or milky fluid transported through the body by the lymphatic system• The lymphatic system primarily supports the immune system• Surgery, injury, hypertension and a sedentary lifestyle cause a sluggish lymphatic system
  • 3. The Lymph System• Lymph vessels transport lymph and substances that should not be in the blood, such as waste• The lymph system is open, interrupted by nodes that control the flow of lymph fluid and act as a filter – Nodes also contain immune system cells that destroy waste and bacteria• Fluid within it is moved by muscle contraction
  • 4. Lymphatic Drainage Massage• Lymphatic Drainage (also known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage or MLD) was developed in the early 1930s by Dr Emil Vodder. – Originally used as a treatment for chronic sinusitis and other immune system disorder – Now recognized as the primary tool in managing Lymphedema• The lymphatic system acts as a second circulatory system comprising tissues and organs that produce, store and carry white blood cells. – These blood cells help fight infection, disease, fungi, and kill cancerous cells
  • 5. Lymphatic Drainage Massage• The rest of the bodys circulatory system uses the heart as a pump to move blood around the body, but lymphatic circulation relies upon body movement and breathing.• Impaired circulation leads to a build up of toxins (metabolic waste) which in turn can lead to re-occurring illnesses (cold, flu etc) and feelings of sluggishness due to a depressed immune system• Lymphatic drainage supports the natural circulation and movement of toxins and fluids through the lymph ducts – This stimulation strengthens the immune system, clears blockages, transports nutrients to cells and helps the metabolism and overall health
  • 6. Indications• Lymphatic drainage massages can be useful people who suffer from colds, flu, and other viruses on a regular basis by stimulating the immune system.• It is also helpful for people who need to reduce swelling and fluid retention due to poor circulation from sedentary lifestyles, pregnancy, etc.• Because the therapy uses only gentle pressure, it can be used to stimulate the body’s own healing processes for sprains, fractures, and other injuries, and for rheumatism Who Should Avoid This Therapy?• It is recommended that women who are menstruating not undergo Lymphatic Drainage• Patients are suffering from major heart ailments, severe swelling, thrombosis, epilepsy, kidney or thyroid problems, diabetes, cancer should check with their physician prior to scheduling treatment
  • 7. What to Expect• Lymphatic drainage is a gentle, rhythmic massage, which stimulates the lymph nodes to open and drain• When you visit your practitioner, you will experience a gentle, relaxing massage of the skin.• The treatment is comfortable, non-aggressive, and non-invasive.• Typically a drainage massage is concentrated on the neck, stomach, trunk, and extremities• Each session may last as little as 30 minutes or as much as 2 hours, so speak to your practioner about the plan that is right for you
  • 8. For More Information Call Dr. Dalal AkouryAWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center 4710 Oleander Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 843-213-2480 http://awaremed.com/