Lymph drainage massage has become a popular form of massage due to its potential health benefits and aims to help the body maintain proper blood circulation, balance body fluid retention and immune functions. The lymphatic system contains vessels and nodes with lymph, a mixture of proteins, water, waste products, and immune system elements. Your largest lymph nodes are found in your armpits, neck, and groin and their main job is to filter debris. These nodes ensure that “clean” lymph is transported back to the veins that carry blood toward the heart.
This type of massage has been used for people with lymphedema, which involves swelling, generally in one of your legs or arms. The swelling is caused by lymph fluid that’s collected in the soft tissues, due to genetic disorders, injury, infection, cancer treatment, or surgery.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may experience poor lymph flow as the disease progresses. Along with tissue swelling, pain in the joints increases, joints lose their function, and the skin changes color. Lymph drainage massage can help ease these later-stage rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Lymph Massage can enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.