Manage Lymphoedema with Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage mechanically moves excess fluids through the body tissues via lymphatic vessels.   It helps to reduce the swelling (oedema) and reduce or eliminate pain.  It is also known to boost energy levels and flush toxins from your body.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a very gentle and light technique used to move the interstitial fluid under the skin.  It stretches microfilaments just below the skin which control openings to the lymph vessels allowing the interstitial fluid to enter the lymphatic system.

Facial Oedema occurs for a number of different reasons.  It is important to know what causes this and in some instances a medical examination may be advised prior to proceeding with a Lymphatic Drainage Massage.

Medical Conditions that benefit from Lymphatic Drainage Massage

  • Lymphoedema
  • Glandular Fever
  • Polymyalgia
  • M.E. or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Sinus problems, Hay Fever
  • Cellulitis
  • Digestive issues
  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Acne, Rosacea and other skin issues
  • People who suffer regularly from colds/flu
  • Pre or Post Operative conditions particularly where lymph nodes have been removed or impaired
    (with cancer treatment, this must be in remission/clear as there could be a danger of moving cancer cells. It is advisable to have the Doctors permission to proceed with Lymphatic Drainage Massage)
  • Post cosmetic surgery
  • Sedentary lifestyles where there is not much physical movement (elderly/frail/ill)

Other benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

  • Helps to boost the immune system
  • Helps to ward off illnesses
  • Helps with pain from fractures and sprains
  • Promotes the body’s own healing mechanisms

Feel free to contact Kirkys Therapies with any queries you may have.

Back Pain & Posture

A Therapist’s Observation

Back Pain & Posture

A new client comes in with back pain or neck issues and fills in the new client form for me.  I take a look at their posture. I also take a look at their occupation and am usually quite accurate in guessing where their problems are before they speak.

Plasterers, builders and plumbers I would ask if their issues are with knees, buttocks and lower back.  The answer is nearly always yes (although not always yes to the knees ).

Pavers, window washers and electricians  have issues with their thoracic and cervical spine / upper back, shoulders and neck and sometimes along the arm with tingling sensations in their fingers.

Neck Tension and the Cervical Spine

Secretaries and administration officers also have upper back and neck issues, plus their shoulders  tend to be very rounded and their heads tilted too far forward.  This automatically puts a strain on the neck and shoulder muscles.  Have you weighed your head?  It is rather heavy, you know.  When your neck tilts forward constantly, the muscles in your neck and shoulder have to support that weight.   Dowagers Hump forms at C7 (cervical spine vertebrae 7) and tension builds in the neck muscles.  The Trapezius muscle also takes the strain.  There are a lot of muscles connected in the neck which help support the heads upright position.  When the neck is not upright but tilted forward – all those muscles are now stressing because they have to work extra hard to support your head and eventually, it takes its toll.  This leads to – Common Back or Neck Problems!

Repetitive Strain

When your work is repetitive – any repeated unnatural postural position that is putting a lot of strain and stress on your body, the result is stressed muscle fibres.  Constant pressure placed on the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your body lends itself to complaints of back-ache, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, tension headaches and migraines, impaired mobility, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel…. the list goes on and on.

Then along comes a stress overload and the muscle spasms, stretches, strains or tears. Either way, the owner of that body is in a lot of pain or at least really uncomfortable with a constant dull ache.

A session is booked with the massage therapist/masseuse (me) to ‘fix’ their Back Neck or Shoulder Pain & Poor Posture.  The issue probably won’t reverse and correct unless the client changes their postural habits though.

Postural Importance

Posture is so very important in everyday life. Common back or neck problems are so often associated with poor posture.  I attended a Manual Handling Train the Trainer course with National Training Services and learned quite a lot from that (along with my Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology Course for massage).  That information helps me now in my personal  life but also helps me recognise postural issues causing so much trouble for my clients.

It has so much to do with that dreaded word – POSTURE.
Back Pain relief
Image courtesy of Pain Management Clinic – London

Be aware of your spine.  Be aware of correct positioning and correct posture because that is being responsible for your own health and wellbeing and encourages others to take the same precautions.

I am booked on a CPD course in July 2018 covering Postural Correction (hosted by the Federation of Holistic Therapists) and I am really looking forward to applying my new learning and skills to my existing work as a Massage Therapist.

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