Advanced Lymph Drainage Therapy

How does lymph drainage therapy work?

LDT works by opening up the major superficial and deep lymph nodes. This stimulates the lymph fluid to flow toward the nodes that are acting like a vacuum, sucking up the excess fluid. Then the therapist will activate the stretch receptors in your skin to increase flow to the lymph nodes. The therapist can then identify any blockages or mis routing by mapping the lymph flow and effectively unblocking or re routing lymph fluid to the appropriate lymph node. The excess fluid then goes through your body's sewage system (a common drainage trunk called the Cisterna chyli) and exits out of our body through our urine.

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How many sessions do I need?

Many clients choose to schedule on a regular basis such as weekly or every other week in order to maintain a healthy immune function, optimal lymph circulation and a balanced inflammatory response.  If booking an appointment after your recent plastic surgery, or wanting to reduce water retention to look great in that strapless dress or for a more serious or chronic condition like inflammation due to an injury/trauma will depend on how many sessions you will need. It can also depend on a persons age, health and lifestyle as to how quickly their body responds to treatment. Four to six treatments is a good place to start.

What to look for in a LDT Therapist?

Laurel has been trained in Level 4 Advanced Lymph Drainage and Advanced LDT for Neuro-Inflammations, Chronic Fatigue, MS & Fibromyalgia by The Chikly Institute through the International Academy of Healthcare Providers and is also a Certified Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). The Chikly Method is a very effective, yet gentle, light touch method of Lymph Drainage which is especially important when working with post-op patients who are still experiencing a great deal of tenderness and pain.

Some of Austin's top Plastic Surgeons recommend Laurel to their patients.

Is LDT painful?

The Chikly LDT Method is very gentle and light touch and extremely relaxing. On a pain scale of 1-10, most clients report a level of 0-2. Most clients fall asleep during their session and wake up feeling less pain and improved mobility.

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What are the Benefits?

Due to the nature and the role of the lymphatic system, LDT can prove beneficial in the correction of numerous conditions as well as in preventative health maintenance. This is why you'll find a wide range of practitioners using LDT. Among them are medical doctors, surgeons, osteopathic physicians, doctors of chiropractic, physical therapists, occupational therapists, naturopaths, nurses lymphedema specialists, dentists, massage therapists and other bodyworkers.

In essence, Lymph Drainage Therapy works to help recirculate body fluids, stimulate functioning of immune system, and and balance the autonomic nervous system. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results may be:

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  • Assists with upper-extremity/shoulder problems; improving ROM
  • May relieve Vertigo, dizziness, headaches, migranes
  • Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of many origins
  • Relief of chronic and subacute inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies
  • Immune system stimulation for preventative and therapeutic effects
  • Regeneration of tissues (e.g., from burns and pre- and post-surgical scarring) and anti-aging effects
  • Detoxification of the body
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality, and loss of memory
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue
  • Advanced techniques for fascia, viscera and joints

Pre- and Post-Surgical Applications of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

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One to Two LDT sessions are recommended. Benefits:

  • Prepares Tissue for surgery.
  • Alleviates Edema: It may allow surgery to be scheduled earlier.
  • Detoxifies tissue.
  • Stimulates the immune system; accelerates the production of lymphocytes.
  • Induces a state of relaxation; promotes parasympathetic response.


As soon as 24 hours after surgery (depending on procedure & surgeon approval)

Two to Six LDT sessions recommended.


  • Alleviates Post-surgical edema
  • Helps stimulate lymphatic "reroutes"; Manual Lymphatic Mapping allows the Therapist to discover alternative lymphatic pathways.
  • Reduces pain.
  • Alleviates spasms (promotes parasympathetic response).
  • Detoxification helps reverse build up of toxins secondary to effects of medication, immobilization.
  • Stimulates fluid circulation, promotes urination.
  • Stimulates immune system and helps prevent post-surgical infections.
  • Improves skin regeneration and wound healing and optimizes scarring process.
  • May help to prevent the formation of adhesions, scars and hypertrophic or keloid scars.

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60 min Session:

Please discuss with Laurel the areas needing LDT and/or goals. For best results, multiple sessions recommended. Packages available.


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(above info sourced from The Chikly Health Institute)