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Massage Therapist Longevity

Updated on March 1, 2013

Lymph System Health Impacts Massage Therapist's Longevity

The proper functioning of the body is critical to our ability to maintain our longevity as Massage Therapists as long as we can. Although we all (including therapists) know about muscles, we rarely consider them and how they relate to our own body while we go about our day-to-day activities.

When the lymph stagnate, toxins and other proteins accumulate in the cells restricting fluid movement. Cellular functioning is significantly compromised (Adair, Guyton, 1982). Usually a part of the body will swell and become uncomfortable either to the touch or during movement.

Lymph problems are usually caused by a trauma or injury to that area of the body. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT), sometimes called Lymphatic Massage,  is a very gentle hands-on technique which is highly effective in  increasing the flow of lymph fluid after the body has been traumatized. Once it becomes obvious that swelling in the area isn't reduced or if swelling increases over time, it could become inflamed or start affecting other parts of the body.

What will I see or feel after a Lymphatic Drainage Treatment?

Most people experience some detoxification reactions in the 2-6 days following sessions, depending on the amount of toxins present in your body. To prevent these “healing crisis”, your session may only last 20-30 minutes. You will still probably have some minor detoxification reactions, such as a change in the color or smell of your urine or a bad taste in your mouth if you take medication. You may experience tiredness or have a headache. None of these reactions should last a long time.

These are just a few of the conditions that can be helped with LD treatment:

  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia edemas associated with rheumatism or other autoimmune diseases. Check with your physician first, especially if you have a LOT of swelling!
  • Immune system stimulation for preventive and therapeutic effects
  • post-extraction tooth pain and edema
  • ligament and meniscus pathologies
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Detoxification of the body
  • torn muscles
  • pre/post surgery
  • chronic eczema
  • neuralgia
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrhea
  • Diverticulosis
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Stress and Fatigue
  • Gerontology
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • migraines
  • sprain


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    • valeriebelew profile image


      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Sounds interesting. I love massage, but can't afford it right now. Good hub.


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