Frequently asked questions
- What happens when the lymphatic system doesn’t function properly?
When the lymphatic system doesn’t function properly, you will usually only feel asthenia, a general lack of energy and the frequent symptoms of the flu at first. The later symptoms involve the swelling of the limbs, the cellulite on the glutes and thighs becoming more visible and the apparition of telangiectasias (spider veins).
- What are the reasons behind this miss function?
Excluding the medical reasons (surgical interventions, neoplasms), the main cause of the lymphatic system’s dysfunction is sedentariness, paired with improper nutrition and insufficient water intake.
- What does the lymphatic drainage involve?
There are multiple machines that are able to perform a lymphatic drainage. The therapy in itself consists of a massage performed with the help of a number of pneumatic cuffs for each limb and the inferior part of the abdomen. The cuffs will progressively inflate from the edge towards the direction of the lymphatic circulation. This massage is performed on the trajectory of the lymphatic vessels and it leads the blocked lymphatic circulation towards the main lymph nodes so they can be taken over and eliminated by the urine.
- What happens during a lymphatic drainage session?
During the treatment session the pneumatic cuffs are put on the limbs and the superior part of the abdomen and the machine is set on the program recommended by the medical specialist (depending on the subject’s personal needs). The pneumatic cuffs will progressively inflate from the bottom to the top to different extents until the end of the treatment.
- Can the lymphatic drainage be performed manually?
It is possible, however the efficiency of the drainage decreases, as a trained therapist can not work on several areas simultaneously as opposed to the lymphatic drainage devices. Additionally, there is the risk of causing more harm than improvements if the person performing the drainage isn’t specialized or hasn’t acquired the necessary anatomical and physiological knowledge.
- What’s the difference between the lymphatic drainage and a relaxation massage?
A massage focuses on the muscles and aims to help them relax. The lymphatic drainage focuses on the lymph nodes and their anatomic trajectory, in order to detect blockages and to restore the lymphatic circulation.
- What’s the difference between the lymphatic drainage and an anti cellulite massage?
The lymphatic drainage is only a part of an anti cellulite massage. After multiple sets of tissue massage, the lymphatic drainage has to conclude the treatment, in order for the cellular loss to be guided towards complete elimination from the body.
- How many sessions does it take for the results to appear?
Visible results largely depend on each individual case, as each person has a different constitution, lifestyle and nutrition. The obtained results can not be compared between a person with a balanced diet and exercise regimen and one with a sedentary lifestyle and a significant amount of excess body fat.
- What are the visible results of the treatment?
One of the first observable signs is usually a change in the aspect of the urine. It becomes more concentrate, with a somewhat darker color and different smell. It’s the first sign of a successful therapy. Afterwards the edema decreases and the loss of centimeters in your silhouette begins. In the cases where the client already had a balanced diet without any results, the lymphatic drainage will function as a de-blocking mechanism and the weight loss together with the decrease of cellulite will begin right after the first session.
- How many sessions are necessary? At what time intervals should they be repeated?
We have to understand that a single session is not enough to resolve our problems and we have to follow a treatment regimen prepared by the clinic’s physician based on each individual’s needs and goals. We recommend a session once a week for at least 2 months but the frequency can vary from one patient to another, anywhere between 4 to 10 days.
- Which are the possible side effects of the treatment?
This treatment shouldn’t cause any physical signs like bruising, swelling or other skin alterations. Yet, if similar signs occur they indicate the fact that the therapy was performed incorrectly or there were certain complications in the body (coagulation). Alternatively, the patient might also suffer from hypersensitivity.
- When does the intensity vary?
The programs are different from one patient to another based on a number of criteria prescribed by the doctor/physician and each program has various speeds and intensities.
- Which indications should be followed?
The more active we are, the better the results we’ll obtain, as the muscular contraction assists in the restoration of the body’s natural lymphatic drainage.
- Are there any contraindications?
Similar to every body remodeling procedure, this one also has some contraindications. Most importantly we need a valid diagnosis made by our doctor / physician.The therapy is specifically contraindicated for persons suffering from a deep or superficial venous thrombosis because the risks are major and the drainage can potentially even put their lives in danger. The therapy is contraindicated for persons with any type of neoplasm or who has or had a recent infection. There can be other contraindications like skin lesions to the lower limbs but these are determined by each lesion’s nature and similar factors.
- Who relies on this procedure?
This therapy is intended both for men and women. The patients can benefit from this treatment at the recommendation of a physician in order to improve the blood flow or as an addition to body remodeling treatments.