Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) was developed by French Medical Doctor and Osteopath Bruno Chikly. It is an innovative hands-on method of lymphatic drainage that has been created out of Dr. Chikly’s award-winning research on the lymphatic system, consistent with recent scientific discoveries.
LDT is the first technique that makes it possible for specifically trained practitioners to detect upon palpation, the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. With these so-called “listening” skills, the therapists can practice Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM), an important tool used in both the evaluation and treatment processes. Also, using these acquired skills, LDT practitioners are able to use their hands to assess and enhance the overall lymph circulation. They can identify precise areas in the body where there is fluid build-up, and determine the most appropriate pathways for draining the stagnant body fluids (lymph, interstitial, synovial, etc.).
LDT is performed by gently palpating the lymphatic flow within its surrounding connective tissues, and then distinctively stretching the tissues in accordance with the rhythmic cycle of the lymphatic flow, towards the most appropriate pathways for optimal drainage. LDT works through the body’s lymphatic and fascial systems to improve lymph circulation, and either directly or indirectly, activates other physiological systems, including the immune system and the parasympathetic nervous system, which corresponds to relaxation of the body. LDT techniques are gentle and safe, and are very effective in promoting pain relief, stress reduction, tissue regeneration, oxygenation, cleansing, and overall health & well-being.
Advanced LDT practitioners develop highly sensitive skills that enable them to perceive and respond to the body’s subtle indications to the most optimal pathways for drainage. Understanding and honoring the body’s natural intelligence when evaluating and treating, is the best possible approach to enhance the healing process and achieve longer lasting results.
LDT can be applied to a multitude of tissues, which include but are not limited to: the skin, muscles, tendons, fasciae, periostea (membranes that cover the bones), organs, membranes, mucosa, blood vessels, nerves and the dura mater (outer membrane that covers the brain/spinal cord). Another branch of LDT uses specific techniques for the synovial fluid to release the joints of the body. This is called LDT Articulation Fluid Release (LAFR).
LDT also includes advanced techniques such as Lympho-Fascia Release (LFR), which simultaneously releases lesions in the fascia and drains the fluids. These techniques can also be applied to a wide range of tissues, and are especially beneficial when addressing fibrosis (scar tissue).