Lymphatic Drainage for Lyme Disease
Fortunately, Lyme disease isn't quite as popular here in Atlanta as it is in some parts of the country. However, with fall hiking weather upon us, it's helpful to be aware of the risk of Lyme disease, and understand its symptoms. Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to work with clients who've been diagnosed- several of whom were originally misdiagnosed, and have been struggling with Lyme disease for many years as a result. For many of these people, lymphatic drainage can help ease symptoms of Lyme disease, as well as side effects of its treatment.
Lyme disease is transferred by deer ticks, which carry the bacteria that causes it. Typical symptoms may include a skin rash, which often has a "bulls eye" at the site of the tick bite; flu-like symptoms including headache, fatigue, fever and muscle aches; and swollen lymph nodes. Over time, if untreated, neurological symptoms such as memory loss can occur, as well as joint pain. Sometimes, after treatment, clients may still experience symptoms; this is known as chronic Lyme disease.
So how can lymphatic drainage help alleviate some of these symptoms?
Immunity: First, the lymphatic system plays a major role in immune function. Improving lymphatic function is important when fighting disease.
Swelling and inflammation: Lymphatic drainage directly reduces swelling, thereby helping ease the discomfort and tenderness often associated with swollen lymph nodes. Additionally, lymphatic drainage can lower systemic inflammation, which can help with join pain.
Nervous system: lymphatic drainage produces a parasympathetic response, meaning the nervous system enters its "rest and digest" state, where healing and rest can take place.
Die-off symptoms: as Lyme disease is treated, the bacteria die off, often creating symptoms like brain fog, bloating, and fatigue. Lymphatic drainage helps move this debris and die-off out of the system more efficiently.
Digestion: lymphatic drainage assists in digestive function, which can help counteract the effects of antibiotics on the digestive tract.
Pain: lymphatic drainage has been shown to have an analgesic (pain-relieving) effect on the body due to its subtle, repetitive nature.
Lymphatic drainage is very gentle, using five grams of pressure or less in most areas. It is often described as deeply relaxing, and even hypnotic. It feels luxurious, but is very effective and can be an important component in a course of Lyme disease treatment. If you are suffering from Lyme disease, talk to your doctor about incorporating lymphatic drainage into your treatment process. In most cases, lymphatic drainage is safe to receive. On very rare occasions, your doctor may advise you to wait before beginning a series of sessions.
To schedule your lymphatic drainage appointment, visit my scheduling page here. For patients with Lyme disease, a full body session is generally recommended; for this reason, I recommend selecting a 60 minute session, to allow enough time for a thorough treatment.