In treating chronic pain, there is an important role for invasive measures, such as epidural steroid injections, the surgical implantation of dorsal-column stimulators and other surgical options. But there is also a multitude of effective, non-invasive manual treatment options available to patients, with far fewer side effects and risks.
At the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine we employ a number of non-invasive treatments, such Osteopathic Manual Medicine, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, and Lymph Drainage Therapy. These manual and energetic approaches help patients cut back on medication and avoid unnecessary surgeries. When incorporated into an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan your healing is likely to be much faster and more complete.
Lymph Drainage Therapy (also known as Manual Lymph Drainage) directly supports the proper functioning of the body’s immune system. The lymph system plays a critical role by destroying pathogens, filtering waste, and working with the circulatory system to deliver nutrients, oxygen and hormones from the blood to tissues throughout the body. The therapist begins the massage by using very light, rhythmic hand strokes to stimulate the lymphatic flow — beginning at the patient’s collar bone and working out to the extremities and back again to the core. Besides supporting the immune system and reducing inflammation and edema, lymph drainage massage has a calming effect on the body’s sympathetic nervous system, which can help to relieve physical pain as well as feelings of anxiety.