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How Lymphatic Massage Can
Help Postpartum Swelling

Lymphatic Massage Can Help Postpartum Swelling

 

The journey of motherhood is filled with joy, love, and the miracle of new life. However, it is also accompanied by various physical changes, including postpartum swelling. This condition, characterized by excessive fluid retention and inflammation, affects many women after childbirth. Fortunately, there are effective remedies available, such as lymphatic massage, which can alleviate the discomfort and promote a speedier recovery. In this article, we will explore why postpartum swelling occurs and how lymphatic massage can play a crucial role in improving it.

Understanding Postpartum Swelling: Postpartum swelling, also known as edema, is a common condition that affects women after giving birth. It occurs due to several factors, including hormonal changes, increased blood volume during pregnancy, and trauma to tissues during childbirth. The swelling is most noticeable in the lower extremities, including the legs, ankles, and feet, but it can also affect other areas of the body.

Causes of Postpartum Swelling:

  1. Hormonal Changes: During pregnancy, the body produces a significant amount of hormones, including progesterone and estrogen, which contribute to fluid retention. After childbirth, these hormone levels drop, but it takes time for the body to readjust, leading to swelling.

  2. Increased Blood Volume: During pregnancy, the body produces more blood to support the growing fetus. Following childbirth, the excess blood volume needs to be processed and eliminated, which can contribute to postpartum swelling.

  3. Trauma and Inflammation: The process of childbirth can put a strain on the body, leading to tissue damage and inflammation. This trauma triggers the body’s inflammatory response, resulting in swelling.

  4. Fluid Can’t Escape the Legs Due to a Backed-up Lymphatic System in the Abdomen:  The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining fluid balance and immunity within the body. It consists of a network of vessels and lymph nodes that collect and transport lymph—a clear fluid containing immune cells, waste products, and excess fluid (swelling) —from tissues back into the bloodstream.

    During pregnancy, the growing uterus exerts pressure on the lymphatic vessels within the abdomen, hindering the flow of lymphatic fluid. This impeded drainage results in a backup of lymphatic fluid, exacerbating postpartum swelling.

    Additionally, hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can contribute to lymphatic system congestion. The elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone cause blood vessels to dilate, leading to increased permeability and leakage of fluid into the surrounding tissues. This fluid overload, combined with the compromised lymphatic system, further contributes to postpartum swelling.

 

Benefits of Lymphatic Massage After Pregnancy

Lymphatic massage, also known as lymphatic drainage massage (or MLD – Manual Lymphatic Drainage), is a specialized technique that targets the lymphatic system. This system plays a vital role in eliminating toxins, waste products, and excess fluids from the body. By gently stimulating lymph flow, lymphatic massage can offer numerous benefits for postpartum swelling:

  1. Reduces Swelling: Lymphatic massage employs gentle, rhythmic strokes that stimulate the lymphatic system, promoting the elimination of excess fluids and reducing swelling. This technique helps to redirect stagnant fluid, allowing the body to reabsorb it more efficiently.
  2. Improves Lymphatic Circulation: By enhancing lymph flow, lymphatic massage also stimulates the body to move lymph more effectively from all areas of the body. This increased circulation helps to reduce inflammation, promote healing, and deliver essential nutrients to the affected areas.
  3. Speeds up Healing: Postpartum swelling can impede the body’s natural healing process. Lymphatic massage accelerates the removal of toxins and waste products, which can enhance the body’s ability to heal and recover after childbirth.
  4. Enhances Relaxation and Well-being: The gentle and soothing nature of lymphatic massage can provide much-needed relaxation and stress relief for new mothers. It promotes a sense of well-being and can help alleviate postpartum blues or anxiety.

 

Feel Better Today

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Lymphatic Detox Massage
or
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Shannon Goins-Blair LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Functional Medicine Coach
 
Shannon Goins-Blair, CLT-LANA
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Board Certified LMT
Certified Alternative Wellness Practitioner
and
Certified Integrative Health Practitioner, L2

Terapeuta linfática certificada
LMT certificado por la junta

Recuperarse más rápido.
Sentirse mejor hoy.

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2620 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite E   
Albuquerque

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Feel Better Today

With a

Lymphatic Detox Massage
or
Get Relief for Your Swelling

 

 

Plastic Surgery?

Recover Faster with

Post Op Lymphatic Massage

from a licensed professional who specializes in post op massage
To help get rid of those lumps

 

 

Shannon Goins-Blair LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Functional Medicine Coach
Shannon Goins-Blair, CLT-LANA
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Board Certified LMT
Certified Alternative Wellness Practitioner
and
Certified Integrative Health Practitioner, L2

Terapeuta linfática certificada
LMT certificado por la junta

Having Trouble Making Your Appointment?

How to Use the Online Booking System

 

Am I the Right Therapist for You?

 
 

Recuperarse más rápido.
Sentirse mejor hoy.

Doy la bienvenida a los clientes
que hablan español.

Si no habla inglés, envíeme un mensaje de texto al 505-554-5185 o correo electrónico en español.

¡No hablo mucho español, pero estoy aprendiendo!

Puedo comunicarme contigo usando el traductor de google. Muchos de mis clientes no hablan inglés y no tengo problemas para comunicarme con ellos.

Pain & Swelling Solutions
2620 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite E   
Albuquerque

Map & Directions
Haga clic aquí para ver el mapa y las direcciones