Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) was created by French physician Bruno Chikly in order to manually stimulate and cleanse the lymphatic system. Lymphatic fluid (lymph) carries many important substances, such as immune cells, hormones, and toxins so that they can be processed in the lymph nodes. The system depends upon the contraction of muscles to move the lymph, but fatigue, stress, infection, swelling, inactivity, and other factors can hinder this muscular action, causing significant damage to cellular functioning. The therapist trained in LDT uses exceedingly light manual movements both to detect and to direct lymphatic flow. According to Dr. Chikly, the results can be, among others, reduction in swelling, detoxification, relief of inflammation, reduction in symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, and can bring about deep relaxation, which in turn is an aid to many conditions, such as insomnia, depression, and muscular pain. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is also useful in the treatment of cellulite tissue.
On the internet: http://chiklyinstitute.org
Therapists with training in Lymph Drainage Therapy: Darla Goddard