Lymphatic Drainage | San Francisco:  Dr. Smith provides Lymphatic massage as one of his many services.  He is a highly trained professional who integrates this gentle technique into his overall treatment plan.  He uses it to address chronic inflammation and swelling.  Many also seek this service to address the swelling present after plastic surgery.  It is not unusual to need lymphatic massage after a tummy tuck or liposuction procedure.

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San Francisco | Lymphatic Drainage

“You cannot step into the same river twice, because new water is always flowing.” 

~ Heraclitus

Lymphatic Drainage | San Francisco

Your lymphatic system helps eliminate bodily waste. A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural movements of smooth muscle tissue to do this.  However, surgery or other damage often causes fluid to build up in your lymph system and lymph nodes.  This condition is known as lymphedema.

What is Lymphatic Massage?

Lymphatic drainage therapy, is a technique developed in Germany specifically for treatment of lymphedema.  Lymphedema typically develops after lymph nodes are removed during surgery.  This most often occurs following mastectomy for breast cancer.  Lymphedema can also be present at birth, develop at puberty, or become pronounced during adulthood. 

Up to 25 percent of breast cancer patients whose surgery includes removal of lymph nodes eventually develop lymphedema. The condition also occurs in the legs or other parts of the body if lymph nodes are removed. 

When performing a lymphatic massage, you must address more than just the affected area. The entire lymphatic system of the body, except the right chest, head, and arm, drains near the left shoulder.  Therefore, a lymphatic massage includes all areas with related drainage.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage | SF

The main task of the lymphatic system is to keep the immune system operating well.  It also helps to clean and nourish all the cells in the body, no matter what their function. A poorly functioning lymphatic system affects every part of the body. .

Depending on the area of the body involved, kinesiotape may help to minimize the accumulation of inflammation and help to extend the effects achieved by a lymphatic drainage massage therapist.  Ask Dr. Smith about other lifestyle and dietary modifications that may help you heal.