Should You Drink Water After Lymph Drainage Therapy?

Many massage therapists will let patients know that “toxins” are “flushed” by massage and drinking extra water after you get off the table. Alas, which toxins and how exactly they are “flushed” by massage or water is all rather vague — and not a good reason for recommending water. Many therapists know it’s vague but apply the precautionary principle: drinking water certainly won’t hurt, right? No, probably not (although over-hydration is more of a problem than most people realize2). It’s polite and pleasant to offer post-massage water, but there’s no particular biological, detoxifying need for it. It’s about on par with a recommendation to “think positively” or “go for a short walk to get your blood moving” — fine things, but tepid medical advice. Read More