Showing posts from November, 2016

Will having Manual Lymphatic Drainage after orthopedic surgery help swelling?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage after orthopedic injury and surgery in San Diego
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, LMT

"Does MLD improve patient-oriented and disease-oriented outcomes for patients with orthopedic injuries?" This is the question posed by the study 'The Effectiveness of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Patients with Orthopedic Injuries' authored by Tricia Majewski-Schrage and Kelli Snyder and published in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation in 2016. The authors conducted a literature search for level 2 evidence or higher on the topic of MLD techniques effectively decreasing edema (swelling) and pain, increasing range of motion (ROM) and improving a patient's return to activities of daily living after orthopedic surgery.

Research has found that Manual Lymphatic Drainage after orthopedic surgery can:

Decrease edema (swelling)Decrease painDecrease limb volumeIncrease range of motion (ROM) Improve a patient's return to activities of daily living 

Though every well-ed…

Does Dry Brushing Work?

Dry Brushing for Lymphatic System
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

Dry brushing is the ritual of brushing the skin on the body with a specific type of brush in order to improve the skin and lymphatic system. Does it work and what are some tips to have the best results?
I first encountered dry brushing in massage school. We were told to buy dry brushes and practice dry brushing daily for a week. I saw improvement in the softness of my skin. Now that I have advanced training in manual lymphatic drainage, I am interested in the benefits of dry brushing for both the skin and lymph drainage. 
What is the science behind dry brushing? 
The Cleveland Clinic recommends dry brushing to promote lymph flow and drainage Read more here:
The New York Times reports Dr. Tina S. Alster, a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center finds that dry brushing helps the lymphatic system &qu…

My experience with Manual Lymphatic Drainage after surgery in San Diego

Where to get post-surgery MLD Manual Lymphatic Drainage lymph massage in San Diego
by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

In this video I share my experience with receiving manual lymphatic drainage after surgery on my face and after an ankle sprain a few years ago. I saw the benefits of this type of lymph massage that reduces swelling after surgery that I took advanced massage training to be able to give it to other men and women in San Diego after orthopedic or plastic surgery!

Watch the video here: