Within us all there is a silent system working to keep us healthy- the Lymph system. The lymphatic’s form part of your immune system, helping to deal with infection, aches, pains, colds and flu’s and cleanses your tissues maintaining a balance of fluids in your body.
Without it, our bodies would swell up like balloons and waste products would accumulate in the tissues around our skin, fat, muscle and bone.
If for any reason your lymphatic system is not working effectively such as in clients with breast cancer and suppressed immune systems, fluid retention and swelling occurs known as Lymphoedema. Lymphoedema can be painful and restrict movement.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a profound technique carried out by a Chartered Physiotherapist that helps increase lymph flow and removes swelling and harmful substances from the body’s tissues. Increased lymph flow not only stimulates the immune system but also improves overall muscular movement within your body.
Taping for Lymphoedema
The goal of taping is to apply a gentle lift to the skin and to re-direct the lymph flow from congested areas to areas with sufficient flow thus reducing the volume of swelling, reducing pain and increasing mobility.