Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT)
There are many disorders that can be helped through the application of LDT. The following is just a partial list of conditions/circumstances that can respond favorably as a result of LDT treatments:
Circulatory Fluid Stagnation – LDT (either directly or indirectly) promotes the circulation of lymph, interstitial fluids, synovial fluids, arterial & venous blood, and cerebrospinal fluid.
Edemas – Various edemas (abnormal accumulation of fluid in the extracellular compartments) that are caused by a wide range of sources. LDT aids in the elimination of macromolecules (proteins) that subsequently build-up in the extracellular spaces. This, in turn, facilitates absorption of the excess fluid, and thereby reduces/eliminates the swelling in the tissues.
Lymphedema/Lymphostatic (High-Protein) Edema – In cases such as these, the lymphatic system is not functioning properly, due to mechanical insufficiency. This condition is one of the principal medical indications for the application of LDT, in conjunction with other modalities and other therapeutic treatments.
Arterial Hypertension – High Blood Pressure
Joint Mobility Impairment
Chronic Gastritis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Mucosal Lining of the Stomach
Chronic Colitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Colon
Diverticulitis – Inflammation of a Diverticulum in the Wall of the Colon
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Spastic Colon
Chronic Hepatitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Liver
Chronic Cholecystitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Gall Bladder
Chronic Pancreatitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Pancreas
Chronic Bronchitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Mucous Membrane of the Bronchial Tubes
Bronchial Asthma – An inflammatory condition of the lungs characterized by widespread narrowing of the airways, due to varying degrees of smooth muscle contraction (spasm), edema of the mucosa, chronic/recurrent inflammation of the submucosa, and excessive mucus in the lumen of the bronchi and bronchioles.
Emphysema – A condition of the lungs characterized by an abnormal increase in the size of the air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles deep within the lungs. This is the place where the alveoli are situated. The alveoli are the thin-walled saclike structures, which are the site of gas exchange within the lungs. Subsequently, destructive changes occur in the walls of the alveoli and they become reduced in number. Clinical manifestation is breathlessness upon exertion, due to the combined effect of a smaller surface area for gas exchange and the collapsing of the smaller airways. This causes the chest to become held in a position of inhalation (“barrel chest”), with prolonged exhalation and increased residual volume.
Hay Fever – Hypersensitivity to environmental allergens (pollen) characterized by acute irritative inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eyes and upper respiratory passages accompanied by itching and profuse watery secretion, followed occasionally by bronchitis and asthma. The episode recurs annually around the same time of year (spring, summer, autumn).
Vertigo – A sensation of a spinning or whirling motion. Vertigo implies a definite sensation of rotation of the subject or of the objects around the subject, in any plane. The term vertigo is often misused as a general term to describe dizziness.
Facial Neuralgia – Facial Nerve Pain
Ear, Nose & Throat
Tinnitus – A sensation of noise (ringing) in the ears.
Chronic Otitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Ears
Chronic Rhinitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Nasal Mucous Membrane
Chronic Sinusitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Membrane Lining of the Paranasal Sinuses
Chronic Laryngitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Mucous Membrane of the Larynx
Chronic Pharyngitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Mucous Membrane of the Pharynx
Chronic Tonsillitis – Prolonged Inflammation of the Tonsils
Pre-Surgery – LDT prepares the tissues for intervention; drains the tissues and opens up the lymphatic pathways to help prevent post-surgery edema.
Post-Surgery – LDT helps to expedite the healing process. It assists in the prevention of edema and in the reduction or prevention of scar tissue. It can also have an analgesic (pain-relieving) effect and help to prevent infections.
Lymphadenectomy – The excision (removal) of lymph nodes during a surgical procedure. An experienced LDT therapist can evaluate the post-operative tissues using Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) to determine if there are any disrupted pathways of lymph flow, and then treat the tissues accordingly, re-routing the lymph flow if necessary.
Miscellaneous Indications For LDT
Pain – LDT inhibits the actions of nociceptors, the mechanisms that are involved in receiving and transmitting painful or injurious stimuli.
Immune System Deficiency – LDT increases lymph flow, and in so doing, carries more antigens to the lymph nodes, and thus increases antigen/antibody contact. This process enhances the functioning of the immune system, which can be helpful in a variety of ways.
Parasympathetic Nervous System Deficiency – Stimulation of the lymphatics tends to increase parasympathetic nervous system functioning, thereby promoting relaxation, and at the same time, diminishes sympathetic nervous system functioning (a feeling of excitation or the “fight or flight” response).
Various Skin Disorders
Various Eye Disorders
Various Dental Problems
Certain Auto-Immune Diseases
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome