system is one of our body’s primary waste management systems. It is a crucial player in maintaining our quality of health.
The lymph vessels are the pathway by which stagnant and toxic fluids are drained, helping to regenerate tissues, reduce pain,
and keep our immune system functioning at a high level. We typically think of lymph as the fluid that accumulates in a swollen
body part, and it is. But it is also so much more than that.
The method of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) we provide is an original hands on method developed by Bruno Chikly,
MD, DO (hon.) of the Chikly Health Institute, who practiced general, neurology, and osteopathic medicine in France. This method
enables trained practitioners to detect the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymphatic flow. As a result,
therapists trained in this specific method can achieve profound outcomes in short periods of time.
This treatment is very good for people who can't take deep tissue massage.
It is quite calming and induces deep states of relaxation yet the client can get relief similar to that of NMT and the more
assertive manual therapies. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy uses a specific amount of very gentle pressure and movement to
stimulate lymph flow, encouraging release of trapped fluids and waste products. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy should never cause
In the spirit of Nashville
Neuromuscular Center’s approach to education for independence, our LDT therapist, Mayumi Khimenko, also teaches protocols
to her lymphatic drainage clients so that they can manage their symptoms at home, without becoming dependent on massage
therapists to keep them out of pain.
are also KinesioTaping methods that are proven very beneficial to Lymphatic Drainage. Rebecca is certified in these Kinesiotaping
techniques and can apply and instruct you how to tape for effective Lymphatic Drainage.
A cancer diagnosis
is life-changing. After a mastectomy there may be many causes of tightness and discomfort. Fascial Adhesions can be
released with MyoFascial Massage, but the discomfort of swelling from Lymphedema needs very special attention from an Advanced
Certified Lymphatic Drainage Therapist.
At the beginning of the 20th century, people were afraid of the possibility of
provoking metastasis in evolving cancers. All of the current studies show no increase in complications or metastasis
with lymph drainage techniques and a recent report from the International Society of Lymphology (1996) confirmed that scientific
studies give no evidence of spreading cancer with Lymph drainage or massage.”The possibility of inducing malignant modifications
with manual treatment has been excluded.” M. Foldi, MD.
We at NNC will always err on the side of caution and do not work on active-cancer patients IF
the tumor has not been removed or is not under medical control. Always check with your physician.
If you need to find a qualified lymphedema therapist in your area, you can consult the websites below. These
schools train qualified certified lymphedema therapists:
Klose Training www.klosetraining.com
Norton School www.nortonschool.com
Vodder School www.vodderschool.com
Another helpful website for persons with lymphedema is the National Lymphedema Network. www.lymphnet.org