Massage Techniques

Lymphatic Drainage SF

Dr. Smith practices lymphatic drainage massage at his office in San Francisco.  He is a highly trained professional who integrates this gentle technique into his overall treatment plan.

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

~ Heraclitus

Pushing Fluids

Lymphatic Drainage in 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 can cause fluids to build up in your lymph system and your lymph nodes, a condition known as lymphedema.

Lymphatic drainage, is a technique developed in Germany specifically for treatment of lymphedema.  It typically develops after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, most often 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 in the area of the armpit eventually develop lymphedema. The condition can also occur in the legs or other parts of the body if lymph nodes are removed.  Other conditions whose treatments often results in lymphedema are melanoma, colon, prostate or bladder cancer.

When performing a lymphatic massage, it’s important that the massage include more than just the affected area to be effective. The entire lymphatic system of the body, except the right chest, head, and arm, drains near the left shoulder, so a massage should include all areas to drain properly.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

The main task of the lymphatic system is to keep the immune system operating well while cleaning and nourishing all the cells in the body, no matter what their function. A poorly functioning lymphatic system can affect every part of the body. Lymphatic drainage techniques can counteract the effects of adverse lifestyle choices and environmental pollutants that can compromise the immune system.