Natural Practitioner provides Lymph Drain Massage Therapy to Reduce Lymphatic Pain and Lymphedema Swelling after Cancer Surgery
Posted Jan 19 2013 7:20pm
Recently, I was interviewed by 1UpOnCancer.com to learn more about
lymphatic massage therapy and the option this therapy presents for cancer
patients. I wanted to share the interview here for folks to read. 1UpOnCancer.com
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This is the interview:~~~~~~~~~~~~
You may have heard of lymphatic massage to relieve lymphedema (swelling after some cancer treatments due to stagnated fluids and wastes). But a newer therapy-- electro lymphatic therapy -- may
be more effective than manual massage in boosting the lymphatic system
when it no longer effectively performs its role of moving toxins.
Studies are ongoing to determine the effectiveness of electro lymphatic
massage in improving lymph flo
Stimulate the nervous system
Boost the immune system and decrease chance for infection
Work on pain and spasms
Work on tension
“It’s a high-frequency vibrational technology. And it has two
capacities, which combined have in my experience made it substantially
more effective than manual lymphatic massage to improve lymph flow,”
says Melissa Gallagher, a certified electro lymphatic therapist and
“One, we can go deeper into the body to reach organs and glands.
Two, we can break up excess, toxic proteins that cause problems,” claims
A lymphatic drainage therapist uses a hand-held device to send
high-frequency electrical pulses and light photons into your lymphatic
“The way it works is the light photons stimulate cells to produce
more energy. This process breaks up proteins between the cells that have
become trapped due to poor lymph flow. And it improves oxygen
absorption. Ultimately, electro lymphatic therapy reduces pain and
inflammation. It breaks up deeply rooted lymphatic congestion. It
enhances your immunity, and reduces your chance for infection,” says Dr.
Gallagher. “The procedure is painless, and actually very calming because it works on the nervous system.”
The therapists who use it claim it’s quite effective with ovarian
cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and abdominal organ cancers
like pancreas and liver cancer.
“In these cases we need to clear and decongest the lymphatics that
sit below these organs and along the spine,” says Dr. Gallagher.
“These cancers tend to have more long-term lymphedema post cancer
treatment, as do breast cancer, gynecological cancers, and melanoma.”
“I strongly recommend this procedure or some type of lymphatic
drainage for anyone who has undergone chemotherapy, radiation, organ
removal, lymph node removal, and/or lymph node dissection. Lymphatic
drainage assists the body in healing and detoxification from the harmful
impact of these treatments,” says Dr. Gallagher.
Reduces swelling. Releases electrically bonded protein
blockages within the lymphatic system and between cells where fluids
build. Affected areas can then dispose of waste.
Boosts immune system. By improving lymphatic flow, the therapy
enables the body to play its normal functions: producing antibodies
that destroy foreign invaders. Removing toxins, waste products, and even
Reduces chronic pain. By breaking up congestion,electro
lymphatic drainage reduces inflammation, and consequently lessens
swelling and pain. It possibly inhibits pain receptors.
Enhances central nervous system. Electro lymphatic therapy
improves lymphatic flow on specific reflex points (also called energy
meridians or acupressure points). The result is improved energy flow of
the nervous system. You will experience immediate calm and peace.
Be aware that most devices using high-frequency vibrations to treat
lymphedema are not FDA-cleared, so there is no standard to ensure their
effectiveness and safety. The research is minimal, but emerging. A pilot
study in Australia showed one manufacturer’s device to be safe and
effective for lymphedema in breast cancer patients. And a study at the
University of Denton in Texas showed, with measuring tools, that an
electro lymphatic device stimulated the lymphatic portion of the
autonomic nervous system—it improved lymph flow by stimulating nerves
around the vessels. If you are considering this treatment, you should
find someone who is certified in electro lymphatic therapy.
For more information regarding Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy-
please give our office a call or Book An Appointment with Melissa
Gallagher our Lymphatic Drainage Therapist.
Healthy Being Wellness Center is a natural, organic day spa in St. Petersburg, FL that focuses on promoting healthy and natural lifestyles.
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