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Lymphatic Massage Benefits for Postpartum & Ceserean Recovery


Postnatal Massage therapy has long been a powerful health tool—from stimulating muscles to helping you relax, it’s a hands-on approach that just so happens to feel amazing. One type of massage that is gaining in popularity? Postnatal Lymphatic drainage massage has become increasingly buzzy over the years for its many health benefits. There are so many things we can do to boost our overall health, and this type of massage is a simple and even relaxing option chock full of pros.


Lymphatic drainage massage is a great way to stimulate the lymphatic system, which is important to overall bodily function as it helps the body process and removes waste products and toxins. If you’ve ever woken up with swollen lymph nodes, then you’ve experienced your lymphatic system hard at work post-delivery. But sometimes, it might benefit from a little push.


Basically, the lymphatic system is part of the circulatory and immune systems. It helps remove waste products, medication and toxins from our tissues and return them to the bloodstream for flushing. And a lymphatic drainage massage is a common and necessary medical treatment for those with lymphedema, but it can also help boost your immune system, take down swelling post-delivery, calm skin conditions like acne or eczema, or even reduce symptoms of the common cold, among other possible benefits, according to experts.


Ahead, discover everything you need to know about lymphatic drainage, including how to recieve a lymphatic drainage massage at home, its benefits, and potential side effects.


“Manual lymph drainage,” also known as lymphatic drainage massage, is a gentle manual treatment technique that improves the activity of the lymph vessels. The massage technique reroutes the lymph flow to move the fluid in the appropriate direction.

The goal is to bring all of this inflammatory fluid full of immune cells and other byproducts (lymph) back into our regular circulation,” says Karan Lal, D.O., M.S., F.A.A.D., double board certified adult pediatric and fellowship-trained cosmetic dermatologist affiliated with Northwell Dermatology in New York. “Then, the lymph nodes can process all of these bacteria and proteins so that we remain healthy.”

Why Lymphatic Drainage Massage for Pregnancy?

We recommend getting a gentle lymphatic drainage massage at home during pregnancy to encourage better health for you and your baby. A growing fetus always thrives better in a healthy environment. Your lymphatic system is largely responsible for creating this clean environment. It does this by boosting the body’s immunity and reducing inflammation while getting rid of harmful toxic buildup within. The lymphatic system is a complex network of organs and tissue that rids the body of toxins. The lymphatic drainage massage is an excellent way of clearing the body of accumulated contaminants. Thus, providing your baby with a healthy living space in the body.


If your face is puffed up and your legs, feet, ankles, hands and arms are swollen and you have already given birth, a postpartum massage would do wonders for you. You may have thought that after your pregnancy, your swelling would go down, but all that extra fluid does not disappear overnight. Postpartum swelling can be caused by a buildup of the excess fluid that is caused by blockage in the tissues under the skin. It can also increase from the extra fluids received via IV during labor and delivery. Our postpartum lymphatic drainage massage can effectively push the fluids out from under the tissues into the bloodstream to drain properly. Once drained, the body goes into a state of healing thus allowing the swelling to go down.


Reasons for Postpartum Swelling

If you notice you have excessive swelling in your ankles, feet, legs, arms and face, and your skin has some shine, you may have postpartum swelling. Postpartum swelling could be caused by the following reasons:


  • Pushing during labor

  • IV fluids during an epidural or C-section

  • An increase of the hormone progesterone leading to edema

  • Being sedentary

  • Leftover pregnancy fluids that build up during the nine months



Postpartum swelling cannot be fully avoided but some preventative methods are: drinking water to flush toxins, and light exercise.


How Manual Lymphatic Drainage Helps Pre-Natal and Post Natal Mothers

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle massage which encourages the flow and release of lymphatic fluid. It is the ideal type of therapeutic massage which assists the body’s natural detoxification process. This type of massage is perfect for the pregnant or postnatal mother who could use some relaxation. MLDs, can either be applied in one local area, or to the entire body. The legs, face, back or whole body can be treated, and it can assist with these types of conditions:

During pregnancy:

  • Fatigue

  • Edema (swollen legs, arms, and face)

  • To increase energy levels

  • For stress relief

  • Carpel Tunnel caused by pregnancy

  • The retention of fluid in the blood may cause temporary conditions such as swollen legs and in rare cases, carpel tunnel during your pregnancy. By using gentle massage strokes, we can move the lymphatic fluid to properly drain toxins, thus reducing inflammation.

  • Reduction of cellulite


Post Natal:

  • To help speed up recovery after a c-section

  • To regulate breast milk flow to prevent Mastitis

  • To help with better lymphatic flow releasing fluid retention and swelling


The Lymphatic drainage massage is scientifically proven to be very effective, and we see the results in our clients. Get your lymphatic pre or postnatal massage at home today!


Benefits of a Post-Surgery Lymphatic Massage for Cesarean Recovery

Lymphatic massage is a form of manual lymph draining. It’s different from regular massage in that it uses long, wave-like strokes that open and close lymphatic channels.

Your body has a natural rhythm in using its lymphatic system. However, when the body experiences stress, such as a major surgery, the lymphatic system can slow down and become less effective. When this happens, you might experience swelling, slower healing, or pain related to the swelling.

Manual lymphatic massages help to “reignite” the lymphatic system. This creates a number of benefits, including:

● More efficient healing from surgery

● Less chance of developing scarring due to faster healing

● Removing excess water and waste from the body

● Reduced swelling and related pain

● Improved skin quality

● Relaxation

These benefits come with lymphatic massage regardless of the type of surgery you receive. It might be a serious knee replacement ordered by your doctor, cesarean birth or it could be elective cosmetic surgery. Either way, your body can restore itself and recover faster when it’s able to function as nature intended.


When to Get this Massage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage for pregnancy can be gotten once you get approval from your Doctor. It is so gentle, and the effects are noticeable in one treatment. While pregnant, we recommend a twice-a-week to once-a-month treatment depending on your conditions. We are trained MLD professionals, and we will help you reduce your swelling while feeling nice and relaxed all in the comfort of your home.


Explore our Lymphatic Massage Package provided by trained MLD therapists on our team. Mommy To Be Wellness is here eevry step of the way!

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