Longevity Wellness Therapies

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy fluid balance in your body. Lymphocytes and other antibodies within lymph ~ the fluid of the lymphatic system ~ defend your body from disease. The lymphatic system is part of your immune system. Lymph fluid circulates to cleanse and nourish body tissue. The lymph system starts as a network of tiny vessels that merge to form larger vessels that connect to over 700 small filtering stations called lymph nodes. Lymph nodes vary in size and are grouped in clusters in various parts of the body. The lymph system eliminates metabolic waste from every cell and waste such as excess water, proteins, alien viruses and bacteria, dead cells, minerals and fat molecules. These substances are partially neutralized in the lymph nodes. The lymph fluid is returned to the blood stream by way of the subclavian veins at the base of the neck. This cleansing is a continual one. An ongoing flow of lymph fluid will promote good health, but when a person neglects the basics of good health - exercise, rest and proper diet - the body is stressed and the lymphatic system is burdened. This causes toxins and plasma to accumulate, interfering with cell nourishment. The immune system is depressed and the body's vulnerability to disease increases.

Since the lymphatic system has no pump, the lymph fluid must rely on the movement of muscles and the diaphram and the pulsation of the arteries in order to circulate properly. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) therapy, with its gentle massage techniques, can manually remove blockages in the lymph system and restore proper lymph flow. The revived lymph system cleanses body tissue of accumulated toxins and pollutants, boosting the immune response and generally rejuvenating body tissue. Manual lymph drainage can also help balance the autonomic nervous system, reducing stress and increasing the bodys ability to relax. Although MLD involves a light touch, it is not a simple technique. Each area of the body requires a different sequence of precise hand movements applied in a series of repititions. MLD must be performed according to the bodys natural lymph flow. Particular conditions, such as edema or tendonitis, require attention to specific areas of the body. Manual lymph drainage was originated by Dr. Emil Vodder and introduced in Paris in 1936. MLD techniques have been studied and refined by Dr. Vodder and medical research for over 50 years. The West German National Health Insurance Administration recognized MLD therapy as a covered preventitive health care therapy in 1972. MLD therapists have met bi-annually in Germany under the auspices of the Vodder School International. Vodder MLD has been taught in the U.S. since 1982

Indications for Lymphatic Therapy

The following conditions may indicate lymphatic congestion.

Ear Eye Nose Throat

  • Sinusitis
  • Menier's Syndrome
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Post tooth extraction
  • Post oral surgery
  • During Glaucoma and detached retina

Dermatology

  • Acne
  • Allergic Dermatosis
  • leg ulcers
  • Eczema
  • Surgical scars and Burn scars

Internal Medicine

  • Chronic Cold/Flu
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Colitic
  • Allergy
  • Hay fever
  • Primary Lymphedema
  • Chronic Constipation

Neurology

  • Tension Headache
  • Migraine
  • Stress reduction
  • Post stroke syndrome
  • Neuralgia
  • Concussion
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease

Musculoskeletal

  • Ankle sprain/strain
  • Muscle and Ligament tears
  • Hematoma
  • Fracture
  • Frozen or dislocated shoulder
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lower back pain
  • Post fracture Athropy
  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain
  • Bursitis
  • Osteoporosis

Surgery

  • Post Mastectomy edema
  • Secondary Lymphedema
  • Post vein stripping
  • Varicose Veins
  • Pre surgery - preparation
  • Post surgery - recovery
  • Pre and post cosmectic surgery
  • Post amputation
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Your Lymphatic Session

A treatment plan is designed to address the specific needs of the patient.

  • A client in good health would benefit from electro lymphatic drainage treatments 2 or 3 times a year
  • A client with lymphatic stasis would need electro lymphatic drainage treatments more frequently until the lymphatic system is cleansed.
  • A client with secondary lymphedema may require a combination of manual technique, electro lymphatic and compression wrap.
  • A client contra-indicated for electro lymphatic drainage
    i.e. : a pace maker would benefit from "hands on" Electro Magnetic Therapy such as Hannah Krogers technique. In this therapy the lymph fluid is very much under the influence of the electro magentic field. The entire body is a field of flowing energy. With proper placement of the therapist hands, magnetic poles of positive and negative ions enhance the function of the lymphatic fluid.

Electro ~ Lymphatic Drainage

In Europe, the preventative health community has studied lymphatics for more than a century. Health professionals understand the function of the lymphatic system. Research into the cause of many chronic illnesses has proven that lymphatic obstructions that result in a sluggish condition in the lymphatic system, also called lymphatic congestion impede the bodies ability to heal itself due to the build up of toxins and waste.

Research has developed effective modalities and equipment used to assist in cleansing and restoring the lymphatic system. Electro lymphatic drainage was developed by an M.D. specializing in cellular health and regeneration at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. The electro lymphatic device was 12 years in the making.

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The Lymph Lustre

is used by health professionals worldwide to assist in draining severe lymphatic conditions.
It uses cold gas ionization technology to produce negatively charged light photons. The light photons have a specific frequency as they penetrate past the skin up to 2 inches to congested lymph vessels and every tissue cell. The frequency allows each cell to balance it's charged condition and results in the cell Disassociating itself from the binding agent responsible for the swelling and blockage. The effected cells are then able to dispose of waste into the lymphatics. These photons stimulate cells to produce more energy, breaking up trapped blood proteins within the spaces between the cells thus allowing oxygen absorption. Lack of oxygen at a cellular level is the cause of inflamation and pain (lymphoma ).

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Severe lymphoma treated with the Lymph Lustre ( electro lymphatic drainage therapy ) greatly reduces inflamation and pain in little time.
Electro-Lymphatic Therapy can reduce edema present in carpal tunnel syndrome, thus lowering pressure on the nerves and tendons and in turn relieves the symptoms and pain.
Breast conditions such as fibrocystic disease, calcified cysts and tumors have been treated successfully.

Chapman Reflex Points

The Neuro-Lymphatics supply energy to the lymphatic system. They act like a circuit breaker. When the lymphatic system becomes overloaded, via the sympathetic and spinal nerves, they are related energetically to the lymphatic system.
Similar to accupressure technique, Finger pressure is applied to the Chapman Reflex Points. This is used in Touch For Health to balance energy flow via the meridians. The technique is helpful when the client has compromised health issues and needs to balance energetically and destress.