The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system.
It is a complex system made up primarily of the lymph vessels and nodes working together to accomplish these tasks.
Unlike the circulatory system, the lymph vessels rely upon hundreds of tiny muscular units called lymphangions contracting throughout the body to propel lymph flow.
These contractions enable the lymph to move substances like proteins, toxins, hormones, fatty acids, immune cells etc. to lymph nodes where the nodes can process them.
Lymph can become stagnant or even stop due to surgery, trauma, burns, infections, swellings, fatigue, stress or age.
When lymph circulation becomes stagnant, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate, and cellular functioning is compromised.
This can lead to many physical ailments and also accelerate the aging process.
Lymphatic drainage is a hands-on technique where it maintains the proper functioning of the lymphatic system.
Practitioners can detect the rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymphatic flow. A very light touch is used by the practitioner and the results are a very pleasant and deeply relaxing experience.
The Benefits of Lymph Drainage
Lymphatic drainage is beneficial for preventative health management and it can correct many ailments. It is used by many health care providers such as medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, naturopaths, nurses, lymphedema specialists, dentists, massage therapist, and other bodyworkers.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy helps to recirculate body fluids, stimulate functioning of the immune system, and balance the autonomic nervous system.
Some benefits of Lymphatic Drainage are:
Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedema
Relief of inflammation such as acne, eczema, and allergies
Immune system enhancement (preventative and therapeutic)
Regeneration of tissues (burns, and pre and post-surgical scarring) and anti-aging effects
Relief from chronic pain
Relaxation for treatment of insomnia, depression, stress, and loss of memory
Relief of muscle hypertonus
Relief of symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndromes
Treatment of adiposis and cellulite tissues
Muscle, joint and viscera issues