Lymphatic Insights: Unraveling truth and understanding behind lymphatic massage (MLD).
So first let's talk about what lymphatic massage is and isn't...
What it is...
It is called manual lymphatic drainage and it is NOT a massage (but we call it that so you can find us!!)
What it does.
The main roles of the lymphatic system include:
managing the fluid levels in the body.
reacting to bacteria.
dealing with cancer cells.
dealing with cell products that otherwise would result in disease or disorders.
absorbing some of the fats in our diet from the intestine.
What is doesn't do...
The lymphatic system does not:
help you loose weight.
eliminate toxins through sweating
reduce swelling with deep massage techniques
reduce swelling when heat is applied
have any part of manual draining through surgical wounds RED FLAG!
Who is qualified to perform MLD safely and effectively
Everyone says they are certified, how do I know?:
look for CLT (certified lymphedema therapist) credentials
Look for LANA credentials to ensure your therapist is board certified. LANA is the Lymphology Association of North America.
Massage therapists without a CLT credential are qualified to work on a healthy system only if they are certified in MLD. This provider would not be a good fit for someone with a lymphatic disease.
Aestheticians are not able to participate in certification courses. They will not be certified outside of the face and decolletage.
Body contouring has not regulating body in many states. This means your accountant can purchase a machine and advertise body contouring (often misunderstood to mean lymphatic massage). Buyer beware when purchasing body contouring.
will I pay more for a CLT?
likely no. A certified lymphedema therapist offering manual lymphatic drainage is typically the same price as a massage therapist without training. And in the long run you should expect to recover faster and require fewer session which will ultimately save you money.