Post-surgical manual lymphatic drainage helps clear out excess lymph fluid caused by surgical trauma, which assists in faster healing and pain reduction. Scar tissue work is also performed when appropriate to help reduce adhesions after surgery which will help with overall appearance of surgical site and surrounding areas, increased lymphatic flow and help reduce future scar adhesion complications.
A gentle form of bodywork that stimulates the lymphatic system to reduce edema/systemic inflammation, remove toxins and waste, and encourage a healthy immune system. This type of treatment is appropriate for most (see contraindications). Very beneficial for patients: post-cancer, with lipidema/lymphedema, dealing with autoimmune conditions, with long COVID, with systemic inflammatory conditions such as Lyme, PCOS, endometriosis and many more.
An effective way to treat a wide array of tension and soft-tissue injury related conditions. Massage therapy sessions are designed for the client’s individual needs in order to provide the optimal outcome. Massage therapy can be beneficial for not only relaxing tense muscle tissue, but also can help to calm an over active sympathetic nervous system.
At Madison Lymphatics and Bodywork, we approach our sessions differently than other clinics that you may have been to before.
We always focus on the patient’s individual needs, analyzing a number of different aspects of their health, to see how Manual Lymphatic Drainage or Therapeutic Massage would be most beneficial. We believe that educating our patients on their lymphatic imbalances and what may be causing it is imperative to recovery and health.
All of our practitioners are graduates of nationally accredited schools and have thorough knowledge of the lymphatic system, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and an understanding of how it all works together.
Before each treatment, we do a full intake with the patient asking questions that will help formulate a session designed for optimal results. We never do pre-choreographed routines and continually strive to provide our patients with unique treatments that produce the desired outcome.
Our practitioners at Madison Lymphatics and Bodywork all use the Vodder Method in their Manual Lymphatic Drainage sessions. Modalities that may be used during a typical massage therapy session include Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Sessions at the Madison Lymphatics and Bodywork are the perfect compliment to any physical therapy, chiropractic, or naturopathic care.
A good analogy for the lymph system and how inflammation affects the lymph system:
Now imagine an acute injury or trauma like a sprained ankle – this looks like turning the shower water off and putting the bathtub water on full blast for a short period of time. Let’s say 20 mins. There is standing water but eventually your body (the bathtub drains) are able to move this excess fluid through, leaving no standing water after a couple of days.
Imagine chronic inflammation, like in the case of an autoimmune disease. This looks like turning the shower water off and putting the bathtub water on a slow steady stream forever. There is always a small amount of standing water in the bathtub because this stream is always larger than the amount of shower water and your drains can only handle the amount of water produced when the shower is turned on.
Now imagine lymphedema, which can be from lymph node removal, trauma, radiation or scar tissue. This is like taking away some of the drains. There is no excess water, just not enough drains to allow for no standing water.
What causes inflammation?
Lymph is a by-product of blood flow. With inflammation, we have more blood flow and then more lymph. Therefore, inflammation affects the lymphatic system.
Possible causes of inflammation (although it is different for everyone)
We look at all of the above factors that could play a role in inflammation and then assign them as either a pebble, rock or boulder.
We imagine a cylindrical vase filled half way with water and start adding in your individual inflammatory factors into the vase. We begin to see symptoms of inflammation when the vase overflows.
For example, if you have an autoimmune disease (this would be a boulder), have a sensitivity to gluten (pebble) and a close relative just passed away (rock), this could be enough to tip the water over the edge. We often make referrals to other professionals that can help manage your pebbles, rocks and boulders so we can focus on what we do, which is treat the overflow of inflammation (i.e. lymphatic fluid) that we see.