Lymphatic drainage is something that I had never heard of before but which my twin is being given for a problem with her neck and back.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a therapeutic massage treatment. The massage uses very light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes to increase lymphatic flow. With an increase of lymph flow immune function is then increased and harmful substances are removed. It can be given to you manually or by a machine.
The lymph system is part of your body's immune system; lymph helps fight infection and acts as a toxin filter. There are around twice as many lymph vessels as blood vessels in your body. However, unlike blood, which is pumped around your body by your heart, the lymph system has no pump. Lymph relies on the pressure from your blood vessels and movement from your muscles to carry white blood cells and antibodies around the lymph system.
My sister suffers from Myasthenia Gravis which is a chronic disease characterised by fluctuating levels of muscle weakness. It is uncommon, affecting only 15 per 100,000 individuals in the UK, and although it can be a very serious condition, 90 per cent of patients live a near-normal life while continuing medical treatment.
MG is the result of a selective overactivity of the body's immune system in which patients produce antibodies against a particular target in their own body. In MG however the protein being attacked is a normal component of the body, which is therefore being attacked by its own immune system. This is what is termed an 'autoimmune disease'.
Surgical removal of the thymus gland (thymectomy) improves the symptoms of myasthenia gravis in more than 70% of those who have it. Symptoms disappear completely in about 30% of people, but a thymectomy is generally only used for people under the age of 60. My sister had her thymus gland removed and has been symptom free since then. https://www.mga-charity.org/web/guest;jsessionid=66281CB7A85DA6C61873F6A18990C141
However, recently after undertaking a rigorous keep fit regime of walking and swimming she has ended up with terrible pain in her neck which goes up her head and her back and legs. The physiotherapist she is seeing is trying the drainage treatment to help improve her pain.