Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

In the next therapy in my “Why not?” treatments, I had manual lymphatic drainage Friday. The best description I’ve found of lymph drainage is: “The aim of the massage is to stimulate or move the excess fluid away
from the swollen area so that it can drain away normally. Massage also
encourages and improves drainage in the healthy lymphatics. . . .” Several massage therapists have recommended it to me, even though I don’t have swollen lymph nodes or symptoms of lymphedema.

I have no idea how effective lymphatic drainage may be for migraine, headache or any other illness, but I quickly noticed changes in my body. I swallowed a lot during the treatment, which the therapist said is a good sign. Afterward, I was lightheaded and nauseated and could barely keep my eyes open. Following a two hour nap, I was still tired and slightly nauseated and remained that way through the evening. I also swallowed practically nonstop all day.

I have another appointment today and will continue with one appointment a week for a few weeks. It isn’t one of the commonly recommended alternative therapies for migraine, but, as I said, why not try? At least I felt something, even if it didn’t apply to migraine symptoms.

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8 Responses to “Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy”

  1. deborah Says:

    Interesting. Isn’t it just amazing the depths we’ll go. Have you tried, how many times have you heard that?? Seriously though, cryoanalgesic? I’ve gone for 2, and am up for a 3rd round. Feel free to send t;his to my email if you’d rather not post about it.

  2. vicki Says:

    what is cryoanalgesic?

  3. Kerrie Smyres Says:

    Yes, please explain cryoanalgesic to us. I’ve never heard of it before.


  4. deborah Says:

    sorry, I just got back here and didn’t realize you left a comment on my um comment.

    Basically, he shoves a probe up into my scalp, after I’ve gone to sleep, gotta love Versed, and zaps the nerve. Occipital. freezes it. I believe posted i and found an acutal article on it. i’ll see if I can find it.

  5. Medlin Spencer (Manual Lymphatic Drainage Practitioner in London) Says:

    I’m really glad that you like Manual lymphatic drainage. I have been a practitioner in London for a couple of years and believe that it has vastly improved my clients’ life.

    For more details of Lymphatic drainage you can see the Wikipedia article here:

  6. Jan Says:

    I have had terrible migraines almost all my life. They seemed to be getting worse as I got older. I just tried Cranial Sacral Therapy. I, too, tried the “why not” when it was recommended. It worked! It is a very relaxing non-invasive treatment that works for migraines. I had a treatment once a week for about a month. I went to 2-3 weeks apart and after 3 months mine are almost totally gone!!!

  7. Jules Says:

    Healing Touch has great success for acute migraines and offers relief for chronic sufferers. It is totally non-invasive and very relaxing. Find a Healing Touch Practitioner in your area. You will be amazed!

  8. Brenda Says:

    I have also tried “Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy”. I am a migraine suffere of 18 years. Suffering with migraines weekly.
    Just recently I had a MLD Massage and for the fist week after I was down with a bad ,sick, sick migraine.
    After the first week was over though, I begin to feel soooo good. I have more energy, my mind is clearer and I’m just plain happy…. And best of all it has been 38 days and only ONE 24 HOUR MIGRAINE. PLEASE TRY IT, I WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THE MASSAGE. After 18 years of misery I’m alive again.

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