Lymphatic drainage and how can it help

Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle form of massage used to relieve painful swelling in your arms and legs caused by lymphedema. Lymphedema happens when your tissues retain fluid left behind after your cardiovascular system sends blood to your tissues and organs.

The remaining fluid is called lymph. Normally, your lymphatic system collects your lymph and returns it to your heart via a network of lymph vessels and lymph nodes. When something disrupts your lymphatic system’s process, lymph collects in your arms and legs, making them swell.

A lymphatic drainage massage is a two-step process which firstly involves ‘clearing’ which is a step that releases lymphatic fluid in your tissues. The second step is called ‘reabsorption’ and involves moving your lymphatic fluid to your lymph nodes

Lymphatic drainage massages are often used to relieve lymphedema following breast cancer surgery and can also help with the following:

Rheumatoid arthritis – You may experience poor lymph flow as the rheumatoid arthritis progresses. Changes to your body due to tissue swelling may include increased pain in joints as well as losing their function and skin colour changes. Our physiotherapists can offer Lymphatic drainage massage which can help ease these later-stage rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

‌Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) – CVI is when the valves or walls of the veins in the legs do not work correctly thus making it harder for the blood to flow back to the heart from the legs.‌ Lymphatic drainage massage can help increase the speed of blood flow in people with this condition .

‌Fibromyalgia – This condition can bring on inflammation of the skin nerves, discoloration of the skin, and tissue swelling. Lymphatic massage has been shown to treat depression, stiffness, and improve quality of life for those living with fibromyalgia.

At Home Physio Group, our physiotherapists can create a custom program for you if you feel that Lymphatic Drainage massage will be able to help you.

For more information please contact us on 0330 335 1016 or alternatively please fill out our contact sheet and we will get back to you.

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We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you