Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, CST-T, RCST (614) 326-3504

Dr. Hazelbaker specializes in cross-disciplinary treatment and to that end has taken training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is an innovative method of manual lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, DO. Created out of his award-winning research on the lymphatic system, LDT is consistent with recent scientific discoveries. LDT works through the body's interstitial and lymphatic system to activate the body liquid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems through gently, rhythmic stroking of the skin.

Dr. Chikly’s method enables practitioners to detect and palpate the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. With developed listening skills, LDT practitioners are able to use their hands to assess and enhance overall circulation as well as determine the best alternate pathways for draining stagnant body fluid (lymph, interstitial, synovial fluid, etc…).

Advanced LDT practitioners develop the skill to perceive and respond to the body's innate ability to heal itself. The practitioner reroutes the lymph by following the subtle indications given by the body enhancing the healing process. Honoring the intelligence of the body ensures deeper and long lasting results.

LDT powerfully aids the healing process and contributes to the resolution of body inflammation of all kinds. Conditions, both general, and specific to lactation that respond well to LDT inlcude:

  • Mastitis

  • Plugged milk ducts

  • Engorgement

  • Breast abscess

  • Other lactation related breast inflammations including nipple wounds

  • Cuts, abrasions, bruises

  • Edema/Lymphedema

  • Viral infections

  • Bacterial infections

  • Muscle spasm

  • Neck/back pain

  • Fibrosis

  • Skin grafts

  • Dental procedures

  • Allergies/hayfever

  • Vertigo/tinnitus

  • Myopathies

  • Sinusitis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Autoimmune disorders

  • Sprains/strains

  • Concussion

  • Stroke

  • Eye disorders

  • Hematoma

  • Chronic gastrointestinal issues

  • PMS

  • Fatigue, stress

  • Detoxification

  • Etc.

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 For a Lymphatic Drainage Appointment, please be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing in order to receive maximum benefit from the therapy.