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Lymphatic Drainage ~ Post Surgery

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

The Lymphatic Vessel system in our bodies work as a natural detoxing pathway for cellular waste, releasing toxins, and assists our immune system.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage was developed in the 1930's by Emil and Estrid Vodder. This is the method that Shawnte' Peterson incorporates in her technique for clientele that are experiencing inflammation or edema due to athletic injury, lymphedema, post cosmetic surgery such as tummy tuck or brazilian butt lift and liposuction, even if there have been lymph nodes damaged or removed due to oncology treatment. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) can be incorporated into a treatment plan to meet your needs. There are many benefits to using this technique.

MLD is a rhythmic and precise technique that targets the flow of the lymph vessels and assists in the movement of lymph fluid in your body. This will alleviate pain, reduce swelling, relax the sympathetic nervous system to relieve the stress induced by the pain, enhances the action of the immune system to reduce the chance of infection, enhances the healing process after trauma or surgery, also reduces appearance of the scars.

One of Shawnte's specialities is post surgical care MLD. We create a treatment plan for your needs post surgery to ensure your body heals and you do not develop fibrous tissue that slows down the smooth results you were anticipating. Swelling is a natural response to a cosmetic procedure and we can manage the pain and swelling you have in the first few weeks and months as you get back to your normal routine. Be sure to get a compression garment, as this is also essential to your healing process and results. The garment prevents build up of fluids but also makes the MLD more effective and helpful in preventiing excessive swelling.

I look forward to working with you and appreciate your referral. If you have any questions about incorporating MLD after your procedure, speak to your surgeon then give Shawnte' a call to create your post surgical treatment plan.

Shawnte' Peterson, LMT, MPH, CHES

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