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Massage Therapists Now Trained in Lymphatic Drainage Massage

By Melissa Tapp, MT, CBIS

What is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy ?
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a gentle manual therapy that addresses the body’s fluids.  When our lymphatic system is working correctly it helps the body to circulate stagnate fluids, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. Techniques are used to help fluid recirculate through the natural lymphatic pathways.  When a person exhibits fluid retention or edema, this treatment can be used in an attempt to decrease this swelling.

What training is involved in becoming a Certified Lymphedema Therapist?
Special Tree has massage therapists in Wayne county and Oakland who have completed the Lymphatic Drainage Therapy training, which consisted of four 30-hour classes and a written exam.  The team has a final hands-on exam which they’ll complete early next year.  They are qualified to utilize this treatment and address most types of fluid retention or edema.

How does Lymphatic Drainage Therapy help our clients?
When a person exhibits edema, this treatment can be used in an attempt to decrease this swelling.   For example, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy was used with one of our clients when the swelling in his leg affected his ability to wear his leg splint needed for his walking program.  After receiving orders from his doctor, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy was used twice weekly.  There was a measured decrease in edema in his leg within the first two weeks of treatment.  After approximately six weeks of treatment, he was able to wear his splint and resume his normal walking program.

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