Your lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped glands located throughout your body. They are part of your lymphatic system, which helps to filter out and fight off infection and disease. Lymph nodes may become swollen if you have an infection or another illness. Swollen lymph nodes usually indicate that your body is fighting off an infection or a virus.
Lymph node swelling can cause tenderness in the area, as well as pain and discomfort when moving the affected area. In some cases, inflamed lymph nodes may even be visible through the skin. Depending on where they’re located, they may feel like lumps or bumps under the skin. After having certain procedures performed, such as plastic surgery, it may be important to facilitate better drainage of the lymph nodes to ensure proper recovery.
What Is Lymphatic Drainage?
Lymphatic drainage is a unique type of gentle massage that helps promote the natural circulation of the lymph fluid in the body. It improves metabolism, increases energy levels, and boosts immunity. This is done by using light pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate the lymph nodes and increase lymph flow throughout the body. The massage therapist will usually use long, gentle strokes on both sides of the lymph vessels to help move fluid from areas where it may have become stagnant or blocked due to injury or illness.
What Are the Benefits of a Lymphatic Massage?
This unique massage technique can help reduce swelling, improve mobility, enhance relaxation, reduce stress, detoxify tissues and improve overall health. Lymphatic drainage can also be combined with other treatments, such as acupuncture and hydrotherapy, for added benefits. This treatment is often recommended to those who have recently had surgery as it can facilitate faster healing and recovery.
How Can I Find Out if Lymphatic Massage Is Right for Me?
Dr. Jennifer Walden and her team at Skintology MedSpa encourage you to call the office to schedule a consultation and find out if a lymphatic drainage massage will help you after certain medical procedures. Call 212-832-2225 to request a visit to our office in New York, NY, to educate yourself further on this and other post-operative treatments that can ensure faster and safer healing.