The original method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage was developed by Emil Vodder PhD and his wife, Estrid Vodder, ND Emil Vodder in the 1930’s. The Klose method is also a well-known variant. Other methods include Foldi, Casley-Smith, and Upledger.
Since about the 1980s, Lymphatic Massage has often been used as an adjunctive treatment for post-surgery and post-traumatic edema (Swelling) or lipedema.
It is a common treatment for Post Cosmetic Surgery, Post Medical Surgery, or Injury, & Post-Mastectomy or Explant patients and it also greatly provides symptom relief for patients with other conditions including autoimmune disorders.
There is some research backing up its efficacy with the relief of fibromyalgia symptoms.
Lymphatic massage may be practiced in spa settings as well as healthcare settings. There are many well trained Massage Therapists that are proficient in Lymphatic Drainage Massage.
Always seek out a provider that is not only qualified but exudes trust and honesty. This is a modality that involves the need of a specialized training but also a very kind nature. Take the time to speak with the Therapist and make sure it is a good fit not only professionally but personally as well.
Specially Trained Massage Therapists who work in Medical settings, such as Evolve Massage, will demonstrate a higher level of proficiency. However, even those therapists in a spa settings will be aware of contraindications and safety precautions.
Lymphatic Massage Credentialing
Practitioners must hold licenses that qualify them to use touch therapies. They will need enough training in the modality that they can utilize it competently.
First the individual will enroll in an approved massage therapy program, or an enhanced Medical Massage Therapy program and after completed will take a massage therapy licensing examination. 650 – 700 hours is typical, though requirements for program length vary from state to state. The program will cover topics such as Anatomy, Pathophysiology and Professional Ethics responsibility in addition to Specialized and basic massage techniques and massage modalities.
After which many qualified Massage Therapists continue on to further their education in many modalities. This is key to get a well rounded experienced Therapist that can utilize and incorporate techniques that will benefit your individual Post Surgical and Lymphatic needs.
In a recent study for Post-op recovery.
The groups that received Post Surgical Lymphatic Drainage Massage experienced:
Better Pain Management
A Shortened Recovery Time
Many benefits can result from lymphatic drainage before and after surgery.
Post Surgical Lymphatic Massage decreases edema, pain and inflammation. Lymphatic drainage can also promote tissue regeneration in some cases, reducing the appearance and severity of scars. Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) can accelerate wound healing and help with fewer complications.
If you are considering a Lymphatic Drainage Massage in the Phoenix Arizona area
Please, feel free to contact us with any questions.