I’m going to throw out some questions that’ll, perhaps, answer whether or not you should consider getting a lymphatic massage.
Trust me, you’ll want to read on because the lymphatic system is one of the most important systems in your body and NOT a topic people know enough about.
When Should You Get a Lymphatic Massage
Just a little preamble…
I think it would be useful to know about the lymphatic system. Like, what is it exactly?
In layman’s terms: think of it as a series of millions of little teeny tiny roads that run all over your body. It’s a system that helps your body to rid itself of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials — including, some say, infection and cancer cells.
Our lymphatic system carries a colorless liquid called lymph that circulates throughout the body and helps transport nutrients and waste products to and from tissues, so that cells can get what they need to keep working properly.
Questions to ask yourself to discern whether or not you should get a lymphatic massage:
- Have I woken up and just felt swollen?
- Do I ever look down at my hands and wonder why they are so puffy?
- Does diabetes run in my family?
- Do my joints ever feel stiff and achy?
- Have I noticed any swelling in recent years?
Well, if you answered yes to any of those questions, then yeah, a lymphatic massage may just be what the doctor ordered (says me, someone who’s not a doctor).
Things you should know:
While this subject is not super well studied — and there is some reluctance in the mainstream medical field in regard to it — there are those (e.g., The Cleveland Clinic, UCLA, et al) who are ahead of the curve and understand that people are seeing major results with lymphatic massage.
Many highly regarded professionals send their patients in for lymphatic massage immediately following surgery. But I want to make it clear that it’s not just for people who’ve had surgery.
There are so many people who benefit from lymphatic drainage:
- anyone with a sore body part, especially if it’s due to inflammation
- people who have chronic pain in their joints or muscles
- anyone who’s had surgery and is still sore, particularly in the affected area
- people who have fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions
- cancer patients
- those with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases
- people who are overworked (and thus prone to stress)
- people who have lymphedema
- those who are overweight or obese
Look, I know it can be hard, especially with all the things we’re told to do, to find the time in our busy schedules to seek out treatments like this.
Not to mention, chronic pain treatments are often required, but sometimes they aren’t available. And finding the right doctor, whom you trust, can take so much time.
But your health matters! It’s all about doing your best to get to the root of any issue.
For so much more related to this topic, like:
- My lymphatic massage experience
- How a lymphatic massage differs from a typical massage
- Why you should never wait for lymphatic drainage
- Common misdiagnosis
- At-home self treatments that’ll help your lymphatic system
Then, you must check out this episode of The Chalene Show:
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