Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that works the lymphatic system, stimulating it to work quickly, moving the lymph to the lymph nodes. This technique was developed in 1932 by the Danish therapist Vodder and his wife and was later refined and became popular.
Lymph is the fluid that exists in the vessels of the lymph nodes. It is characterized by its viscosity, absence of color, by containing organic and inorganic substances, residues and toxins.
The main function of lymphatic drainage is to accelerate the process of removing accumulated fluids between cells and metabolic waste; forwarding them to the capillaries and, through specific movements, directing them to be eliminated. This technique also stimulates tissue regeneration, improves the immune system, is relaxing and tranquilizer, combats cellulite and localized fat and also improves the anti-inflammatory action of body.
Manually, drainage is done using circles with the hands and thumb, combined movements and pressure on a bracelet. By devices, drainage is done through an intelligent computer system that inflates and deflates a kind of bag that, like manual drainage, improves the condition of the lymph.
It is important to know that this technique is contraindicated for people with acute infections, heart failure, thrombosis, hypertension, cancer, bronchial asthma and asthmatic bronchitis.
By Gabriela Cabral
Source: Brazil School - https://brasilescola.uol.com.br/saude/drenagem-linfatica.htm