Scar Tissue, Edema, Numbness


As scar tissue builds up, muscles become Shorter and Weaker. Nerves can become trapped. All these problems can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain as well as tingling, numbness, and weakness.

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After a single session of edema therapy, you’ll start to see changes to your face, mind and energy levels.


This is a hands-on body treatment that leaves patients feeling relaxed and renewed. Post-op swelling typically peaks about 3 to 7 days after surgery and then gradually subsides, with only minor swelling evident after the first month or two. By seeing an edema therapist we can decrease healiing time.

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This can be used in conjunction with other alternative therapies. It takes into account the whole person and helps activate each patient’s natural healing processes.

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For Jaw surgeries, Facial Reconstruction, Radiation Treatment, Facelifts & More

Lymphatic massage after any surgery helps to ease side effects: swelling, bruising, and discomfort. It is normal for areas to feel firm and thickened, and while aggressive massage can accelerate the process of inflammation, gentle fingertip massage, or lymphatic massage, will not. Lymphatic massage is a gentle, upward massage that increases blood flow, activates the lymph nodes, and triggers lymph drainage.

Post-surgical side effects will not go away right after a lymphatic massage, but when the client's blood circulation improves, these symptoms will cease sooner.

Deep tissue massages can hurt you after a procedure and can hurt your healing process. It is crucial to work with a licensed massage therapist who is an expert in lymphatic massage. Consult your surgeon for suggestions for certified lymphatic massage therapists.

MLD can help speed up healing time after medical procedures, by promoting circulation and healing bruises. MLD helps the body to flush out toxins and eliminate excess fluids and byproducts of anesthesia, patients experience less pain and can return to normal activities sooner.



Let’s face it: There’s nothing sexy-sounding about the term “lymphatic drainage.” But it’s a critically important part of healing in order to achieve optimal health and beauty.

The body’s “second circulatory system” consists of lymph nodes, a connecting network of lymphatic tissues, and helpful components such as the thymus, spleen, tonsil, and bone marrow. The lymphatic system helps to deliver nutrients and filter out water, proteins, waste products, and other debris of cell metabolism.

For all its medicinal uses, Manual Lymphatic Drainage also has some astounding beauty benefits. In addition to speeding up healing time after medical procedures, promoting circulation, and healing bruises MLD also helps to keep the skin clear and bright by helping the body flush out toxins and eliminate excess fluids and byproducts. 

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For Medical & Functional Needs

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) uses a precise manual therapy technique to help move fluid away from swollen, congested areas and toward healthy lymph nodes. It is gentle, relaxing, and supportive of the whole lymphatic system.

Combined with exercise, and skincare, MLD is a cornerstone of any lymphedema management plan.

Surgical removal of lymph nodes, radiation scarring, injury, and infection can cause lymph to accumulate in the tissues rather than move along fluid pathways. Depending on the site of the surgery or radiation, swelling may occur in the leg, trunk, face, or abdomen. This kind of edema – lymphedema – may show up as:

  • Swelling

  • Tiredness

  • Pain or discomfort

  • Weakness

  • Tight skin

  • Reduced range of motion

  • Heaviness

  • Hardening of the tissue

The lymphatic system a key network to treat when the body is working through disease or injury.

How does it work?

The Lymph nodes and lymph network pick up fluid in the interstitial space that has been forced out of the blood via the capillaries. From the ~20 liters of fluid that is squeezed out daily, ~17 liters are reabsorbed immediately, but ~3 liters remain, to be taken up and processed by the lymphatic system. If this fluid is not reabsorbed properly, the interstitial space will back-up with fluid, creating edema (swelling).  

Once inside the lymphatic vessels, the fluid moves in a loop through the body and between the organs, carrying (picking up and depositing) white blood cells and proteins where needed. Finally, the lymph is deposited back into the bloodstream directly to the heart, where it goes on to be filtered by the kidneys and liver. This intricate network is like a plumbing system in the body, clearing waste and keeping your system healthy.

Lymphatic vessels are accessible via light touch through a charted network that is dispersed in the body. The original lymphatic drainage technique was established by a husband and wife team, Emil and Estrid Vodder (PhD, ND) in the 1920s and 30s, when the lymphatic system was first gaining recognition for its imperative role in the body.

The specific, light, repetitive strokes catch the skin just slightly and make it spring back, causing the vessels (which have one-way valves that look like a thatched roof) to open — pressing too hard causes the valves to close. These vessels, when activated correctly, pick up excess fluid that the blood capillaries have dumped into the interstitial space and transport it to lymph nodes for filtration.

The Vodder technique is the foundation for all lymphatic drainage techniques used nowadays by the medical community.

What Happens to Lymphatic Circulation During Disease and Injury?

When the immune system is constantly fending off invaders, it can feel like a deep, sluggish burn-out.

After a sudden physical injury or when recovering after a surgery, the body increases its volume of infection-fighting white blood cells and lays down scar tissue. Heat and swelling can occur along the lymphatic pathway, and though inflammation is a natural part of the body’s healing process, recovery is facilitated with lymphatic drainage, which stimulates fluids to filter and reabsorb more readily. Healthy scar tissue formation is greatly assisted by the removal of extra fluid in the extracellular space (where scar tissue forms); it can actually reduce the amount of scar tissue that develops.

There is no underestimating how important exercise is for healing after an injury or surgery, and for the health of the organism as a whole. In the initial stages of healing, however, such as directly after an operation or bodily injury, recovery means remaining in place to let things heal. Since the lymphatic flow is primarily activated by muscular contraction, a lack of movement significantly diminishes lymphatic flow. To ease discomfort and speed recovery, this backup of fluid is well serviced by lymphatic balancing.

What YOU Can Do To Prepare For Your Session

  • Come well-hydrated but preferably not having chugged a glass of water just prior to a session.


  • Do not schedule any high-energy activities after a session. The body takes time to integrate.

  • After a session, you may feel a reduction in pain and swelling, an increase in range of motion, and/or sleepiness.

  • It is possible that during the morning following an appointment, you notice an increase in symptoms – this is called a Herx reaction and is due to the movement of toxins from the tissues into the organs for the last steps of elimination.  

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Who is Lymphatic Drainage Beneficial For?

Pre and post-operative needs: cosmetic surgery, whiplash, stroke, headache, oral cancer (patients with edema that is a result of medical treatment, such as following lymph node removal or radiation therapy).

Who is Lymphatic Drainage Not Recommended For?

Patients with cancer that have untreated or metastasizing neoplasms, including melanomas. Patients with a pacemaker, epilepsy, acute allergy, active flu, thrombosis/phlebitis, cardiovascular deficiencies, renal issues.