MOST COMPREHENSIVE LYMPHATIC THERAPY IN ALBERTA
Good For People Looking For: Relief from fluid retention, swelling, inflammation or immune system stimulation.
Relieve Your Chronic Swelling, Pain and Other Medical Conditions
How Physiotherapy and Lymphatic
Management can help you?
Lymphatic Massage Therapy - Improve your immunity, reduce swelling and feel more relaxed
The objective of MLD is to reduce inflammatory agents, cellular wastes, dead cell particles, toxins, antigens, and swelling in the tissue in order to promote healing. In addition to stimulating lymphatic flow and improving immune system function MLD acts on the nervous system reducing sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous activity and allowing the parasympathetic system to predominant. This activity gives the client a deep sense of relaxation and substantially reduces symptoms of stress.
Anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes
INSTEP - An Advanced Physiotherapy Clinic
- Decreases blood pressure
- Decreases blood sugar level
- Decreases heart rate
- Increases pulmonary function in asthmatic children
- Decreases cortisol levels (to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar)
- Decreases norepinephrine (this stress hormone increases blood flow to heart, muscles, and brain)
- Increases dopamine levels (which cause feeling of pleasure)
- Increases serotonin levels (which calm anxiety, relieves depression)
- Improves motor function
- Improves muscle tone
- Increases range of motion
- Decreases morning stiffness
- Decreases pain
- Decreases tremors
- Decreases symptoms of depression
- Decreases anxiety
- Improves sleep patterns
- Decreases fatigue
- Improves self-esteem
- Improves body image
- Increases general immune function
- Increases natural killer cell number and activity levels
- Enhances cytotoxic capacity (immune systems killing capacity)
Specific benefits found with massage are associated with the particular condition that the therapist is addressing. The following lists individual benefits associated with each particular condition. The list is does not address all therapeutic possibilities.
- Decreases pain of soft tissue injuries
- Decreases hypertension of muscle fibers
- Increases range of motion
- Decreases fascia adhesions
- Decreases pain associated with fibromyalgia
- Decreases edema within and around the joint
- Increases range of motion
- Decreases pain of joint injury, strains and sprains
- Decreases dental pain
- Decreases post-operative recovery time
- Decreases or eliminates generalized headaches
- Decreases frequency of migraine headaches
- Decreases occurrence of headaches
WHAT ARE SOME CONDITIONS THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE?
Dr. Julie Barnett
Dr. Michael Taciuk
Gail Matheson, PhD
LOCATED IN EDMONTON
10667 113 St, Edmonton, AB T5H 3H6, Canada
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am –1 pm
As Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle technique acting on a number physiological systems in the body, it can prove effective at addressing chronic pain in a number of ways.
The autonomic nervous system of the body is divided into two categories the sympathetic system and the parasympathetic system. The sympathetic system increases heart rate, constricts blood vessels and raises blood pressure. The parasympathetic system innervates smooth muscles in the body, slows the heart rate, increases vessel and glandular activity, and controls sphincter muscles in the body. Both systems where thought at one time not to be under our conscious control.
Venous insufficiency or chronic venous insufficiency is a condition caused by problems with one or more of the deep veins of the legs that return blood from the legs back to the heart. Poorly managed Venous insufficiency is a major cause of lyphedema.
Most athletes are interested in reducing their recovery time following intense exercise or sporting events. Until recently little actual scientific evidence was available demonstrating whether a manual lymphatic therapy provides physiological changes that indicate improved muscular recovery.
Salutaris Centre uses the application of Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) techniques together with therapeutic massage to treat post-operative orthopedic and plastic surgery procedures, chronic pain, motor vehicle accidents, and general injury recovery.
Stimulation of the lymphatic system increases the rate at which the body removes waste, dead cell particles, and inflammatory agents from our tissue. Accelerating the lymphatic flow has been demonstrated to reduce swelling and bruising in the injured region. Studies indicate that as the volume of fluid at the injury site is reduced rehabilitation time may be shortened.
Inflammation of the body’s tissue has been found to change the pH level in connective tissue from normal to acidic. This change causes an increase in the permeability of the blood capillaries due to an increase in the size of the vascular pores. The larger pores allow more protein to leave the blood and accumulate in the interstitial space. The increased protein levels cause a higher colloid osmotic pressure in the interstitial space, hence increased fluid filtration from the vascular system and therefore increased edema results. Pro inflammatory agents can stop smooth muscle contractions of lymphatic vessels.
Sixty percent of the lymphatic system is in the top two layers of the skin. By stimulating lymph flow a number of dermatological conditions can be addressed. Some of the more common conditions treated include: acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, and eczema.
Considerable success has been noted with respect to treating scars. The objective of the treatment is to allow the scar tissue to be as stable and elastic as possible. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) promotes this stability and elasticity by encouraging the re-vascularization of the scarred region. MLD also limits the tissue from shrinking as much as possible, reduces discoloration of the scar, and promotes flattening of the new connective tissue.