What is the Lymphatic System?

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The Lymph System is the key component of the body’s immune function.  It consist of six organs; tonsils, thymus, spleen and adenoids, hundreds of lymph nodes, and vessels that run throughout the body similar to the circulatory system.  The lymphatic vessels carry clear fluid, known as lymph that circulates around the body’s tissues, absorbing fluid, waste products, dead cells, bacteria, viruses, fats, and proteins from the tissues as it goes through the body returning to the bloodstream for removal by the kidneys. The system’s main purpose is to cleanse, regenerate tissues and organs and to promote balance of chemistry.  When the system is blocked it loses its ability to flow across the body and the whole system becomes toxic.

The Lymph nodes are located throughout the body – the main nodes are located around the neck, armpits, and groin.  Their job is to filter the lymph fluid and remove the damaging elements they have pick up along the way, like bacteria and cancer cells. When the lymph nodes detect foreign elements in the fluid, they begin producing additional infection–fighting white blood cells, and become enlarged giving us swollen glands.

What happens when the Lymph System is not functioning properly?

If your body becomes taxed because of illness, surgery, stress, or poor diet it becomes sluggish and cannot function efficiently.  Because the Lymph System plays a major role in the body’s immune system it is important/good idea to “wake” it up to improve the chances of staying healthy.

That is when “Lymphatic Drainage” is helpful. Lymphatic Drainage stimulates the lymphatic system by assisting the movement of the lymph through the body.

What is Manual Lympatic Drainage?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a technique used to stimulate the lymphatic system.  As a therapist, I will direct the lymph using a very light touch technique used to help direct the lymph to get to the main node where it filters through into the circulatory and eventually out through the kidneys.

How can Lymphatic Drainage benifit you?

  • It can help individuals with an inactive lifestyle and suffer from the problem of swelling & puffiness
  • It is an effective way of treating individuals with dysfunctional respiratory problems
  • It helps the healing of scar tissue, sprains, fractures as well as torn ligaments
  • It helps skin problems such as acne
  • It helps arthritis/sinusitis
  • It helps improve circulation and reduce water retention
  • It assist the lymph system in detoxifying the body and boosting the immune system
  • After a mastectomy
  • After radiation treatment
  • Post surgery reduce inflammation & accelerate healing (buildup of scar tissue)

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Pre/Post Surgery

Many benefits can result from lymphatic drainage before and after surgery. Manual Lymphatic Drainage seems to promote tissue regeneration, reducing the formation and severity of scars. Treatment postoperatively can begin as soon as 24hrs after surgery.  Pre surgery 1-3 sessions; Post surgery 2-12 sessions

What Are The Benefits Pre Surgical?

  • Preparation of tissues for surgery
  • Reduces swelling if swelling evident before surgery
  • Stimulates immune response
  • Decreases the opportunity for infection post surgery
  • Decreases post surgery swelling

What Are The Benefits Post Surgical?

  • Reduces swelling
  • Reduces pain
  • Removes cellular debris (i.e. dead blood cells from tissues)
  • Reverses build-up of toxins secondary to effects of post-op medication
  • Stimulates fluid circulation
  • Aids in reduction of healing time
  • Improves skin regeneration and wound healing
  • Speeds up healing process