Many people are aware that lymphatic drainage therapy can help the body’s immune system and thus our overall wellbeing, but few may realise how important it is in terms of recovery from injury or surgery. The following case study highlights this fact:
After plastic surgery to the abdominal area, a 34-year-old female suffered extensive bruising and swelling. The body’s healing process works in two ways: firstly, inflammation occurs, and secondly, the body lays down collagen fibres. While swelling is a common occurrence after surgery, too much can affect function and mobility. And if the swelling becomes chronic, the body will lay down an excess of collagen fibres, which can lead to the tissues becoming thickened.
This patient received seven sessions of lymphatic drainage therapy, which is a gentle massaging technique to remove excess fluid and toxins from the tissues. She also was given a home programme of dry brushing and breathing exercises. By the end of the course of treatment, she reported no swelling or tenderness in the affected area and an increased level of energy.
With this in mind, we at The Body Group recommend that you consider a course of lymphatic drainage therapy not just when you feel run down—but more importantly when you have suffered recent injury or undergone surgery.