What is Electro-Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
Electro-Lymphatic Therapy (ELT) is a gentle and non-invasive treatment that helps stimulate proper flow and drainage of the lymphatic system. ELT can be used to address various conditions and symptoms such as: lymphoedema, swelling, chronic pain, eczema, injuries from falls or sports, cancer support, inflammation and so on. ELT can also be used to boost overall wellness and health by improving immunity, detoxifying the body, aiding in recovery and so on.
How does ELT work?
ELT combines the general technique of MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) with handheld probes designed to stimulate the lymph in a more efficient and effective manner. The ELT machines are operated by ionising the inert gases (Argon, Krypton and Xenon) within the probes. The ionisation of these inert gases produces energy and ions which helps break down the protein clumps (some people know this as detox) causing the stagnation and congestion of the lymph fluid. The probes are then moved along the body’s natural lymphatic flow lines to help the waste clear naturally.
Why choose ELT versus a massage?
ELT is proven to be 8-10x more effective than conventional methods (like manual massages) in dispelling congested lymph fluids.
ELT is able to stimulate lymph nodes and vessels found in the deeper layers of our skin (where 70% of our immune cells are) and in areas near our organs deep within our body which cannot be reached manually. It is able to achieve in one session what would take 8-10 Manual Lymphatic Drainage sessions with no pain. MLD also requires the patient to commit to daily sessions in addition to wearing compression bandaging and compression garments daily in order for the therapy to be effective, but ELT frees up the patient from this hassle.
How does ELT help improve overall wellbeing and lymphatic health?
When foreign pathogens or undesirable substances enter our body, the immune system recognises these foreign substances and an immune response is elicited. ELT hence helps to move lymph fluids along the lymph vessels. When it passes through a site containing these foreign substances and pathogens, immune cells are brought along within the lymph fluids to clear away these foreign harmful substances and reduces the congestion and stagnation of lymph fluid at the site.
When an individual’s immunity is weak, the body’s immune cells are not working optimally and are unable to trigger the required response to combat disease resulting in deterioration in health. These immune cells are also responsible for patrolling the body and getting rid of cancer cells. Hence keeping the lymphatic and immune system healthy in turn helps aid in keeping cancer cells in check.
Pain and Inflammation:
By aiding and maintaining lymphatic drainage throughout the body, ELT helps the body to fight inflammation. Inflammation is a response by the body to external trauma and infection.
During exercise, muscles use oxygen to generate energy in a process known as aerobic respiration. However, when undergoing intense exercise, there may not be sufficient oxygen and glucose available to produce energy. As a result, the muscles undergo anaerobic respiration, producing lactate to give that extra boost of energy.
ELT can help alleviate the burn felt in muscles due to lactate by strengthening circulation and cardiovascular functions to raise lactate threshold as well as improve the recovery of muscle fatigue.
DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), on the other hand, is due to micro tears in muscle during high-intensity exercise. These micro-tears contribute to swelling and inflammation of the muscle.
In the case of DOMS, ELT can help by improving lymphatic drainage, thereby reducing accumulation of interstitial fluids which reduces swelling and reduce inflammation accumulated in the muscles to alleviate the symptoms of DOMS faster.