Disclaimer: all opinions and techniques in this post series are solely based on Mark’s personal and professional education and experience knowledge. There are other professional options and approaches to addressing body fluid dynamic treatment and management.
This refers to processes and procedures applied by a third party. These include assisted versions of stretching and mobilization techniques, massage techniques and Assisted Dynamic Gravitational Lymph And Blood Flow Facilitation. In a perfect situation, these practices are applied by a knowledgeable practitioner in combination to propel the flow of fluids toward healing tissues or away from or through obstructions.
Your best bet is to find a local certified Lymphatic Massage Therapist (LMT). There are two approaches that can be taken for Lymphatic Induction:
- Improve Overall Lymph Drainage:
The LMT touch should be extremely gentle. Take a quarter and slide it across your forearm. That is how much pressure they should be applying. They should also start every session at your neck regardless of where your issues lay. The neck has the largest collection of lymph nodes and by starting at the neck, you are warming and opening up the area to maximize flow and drainage during your massage.
- Address a Serious Blockage:
If you have serious lymphedema, you can expect the LMT to take a more aggressive approach to unblock some of the pathways that are causing the lymph build up. This requires a lot of pressure at one specific point in the body that is swollen.
After a session, it is critical to drink a lot of water to keep that lymph moving and replace what you have lost. It is also not uncommon for you to feel fatigued after your first few sessions. It might come as a surprise that such a gentle massage can be so powerful.
This technique has a double-sided benefit. The lymph is causing a blockage of fluid flow as well as inflaming the surrounding muscle resulting in constant muscle tension. By moving the lymph, you reduce the fluid build up as well as easing the secondary muscle tension and inflammation.