Introducing Lymphatic Drainage Technique

I first learned of lymphatic drainage from a friend and colleague Dr CJ Kleene at Back in Line Chiropractic and PC. in Hiawatha, Iowa. She advised of it's helpful uses reducing swelling and fluid retention. I had always had a bit of a salt tooth and my upper legs were often swollen and even my calves at times. My first appointment was with Therese Malloy, she was kind, helpful, and very informative. After just one session and seeing the benefits for myself I knew this was something I wanted to one day share with my clients. 

In 2017 I became an LMT, licensed massage therapist, and this allowed me to further pursue LDT, lymphatic drainage technique, training. In May 2018 I traveled to St Paul, Minnesota and took my first of many LDT course. This service has so many uses beyond what I even imaged, I'm ready to share this with the community! 

Who is it for?

This technique can be widely used and I often want to integrate it with almost everyone I see since training, however a full hours session would be ideal for a lot of cases. This list is not the entire exclusive list that can be helped, and each person would be treated on a per case basis after reviewing their full health history intake form. 

  • pre and post surgery
  • gynecology premenstraul, breast swelling and pain, stretch marks, 
  • dentistry ailments like tooth pain
  • dermatology issues such as acne
  • wrinkles, LDT hydrates skin regenerates tissue, tones and relaxes muscles
  • digestion concerns such as chronic gastritis, IBS
  • general issues like stress, fatigue, fibromyalgia, sleeping issues, detoxing from things like dieting, tobacco, fasting, jet lag, alcohol, toxic chemical poisoning 
  • LDT is helpful for elderly people due to oxygenation, tissue regeneration, it is gentle enough for their fair skin
  • this also addresses things like chronic sinusitis and other inflammatory ailments
  • neurology issues like headaches, concussions
  • ophthalmology needs like visual acuity, chronic glaucoma, cataracts
  • orthopedics like trauma, sprain, fracture, low back pain, whiplash, sciatica
  • otorhinolaryngology issues tinnitus, vertigo, hearing loss, dry eyes and mouth
  • pneumology such as chronic bronchitis, hay fever, asthma
  • rheumatology issues like athrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic issues, bursitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, lumbago
  • sports needs such as to improve the condition and quality of the muscles, sports trauma, sprains, muscle cramps and pain, scars
  • burns 

The technique and history of the service

Silent Waves is the bible in the field of lymph drainage therapy. Author Bruno Chikly, MD, is a skilled physician and true healer, and he is the Einstein of this rapidly developing field.
Larry Dossey, MD, Executive Director, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Author of nine books including Healing beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words.
Lymph Drainage Therapy is an innovative hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO.

It has been created out of his award-winning research on the lymphatic system consistent with recent scientific discoveries. LDT is the first technique that enables practitioners to detect and palpate the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. With these skills, practitioners can practice Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) of the lymphatic vessels. With developed listening skills LDT practitioners are able to use their hands to assess and enhance overall circulation as well as determine the best alternate pathways for draining stagnant body fluid (lymph, interstitial, synovial fluid, etc…). Lymph Drainage Therapy has been taught for almost 20 years to about 14,000 therapists throughout the world. 

LDT is a gentle technique that works through the body's interstitial and lymphatic system to activate the body liquid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.

Trained students learn how to work with muscles, fascia, tendons, periosteum, viscera, synovial fluid, chambers of the eyes, dura, pia, and blood vessels. LDT also includes advanced techniques such as Lympho-Fascia Release (LFR) to simultaneously release lesions in the fascia and fluid of the body. These techniques can be applied to fascia, viscera, ligaments, tendons or trigger points in the body.

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