Meet our Lymphatic Drainage Expert- Abby
Abby is a Doctor of Physical therapy who has practiced in a multitude of settings across the nation since 2011. She completed her undergraduate education in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley; and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2012 she became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Norton School of Lymphology, and in 2019 she earned the designation of Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist through the Physiological Oncology Rehabilitation Institute. Her passion is helping her patients to achieve their best functional and physiological outcomes.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs made up of lymph vessels, lymph fluid and lymph nodes that drain lymph fluid from all over the body. You can think of the lymphatic system as the body’s waste management plant, working around-the-clock to filter and dispose of impurities left behind by other body system. A healthy lymphatic system also contributes to many other major bodily functions, including: maintaining the bodies fluid balance, filtering blood, filtering lymph, and fighting infection.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialized massage that gently assists the lymphatic system in maintaining the body’s fluid balance, blood circulation, and immune mechanisms. This light skin-stretching technique helps to promote the movement of fluid that often accompanies surgical procedures. When combined with both compression and gentle exercises there can be a reduction in both post-operative discomfort and swelling. By utilizing manual lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, and targeted lymphatic exercise, we are able to optimize lymphatic flow and functional recovery for our patients after surgery.
Manual lymphatic drainage has been clinically proven to reduce swelling post-procedure as well as reduce pain and speed recovery:
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