The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in your body's ability to heal from injury and ward off disease by removing cellular wastes and harmful substances from the tissues.
It participates in immune function with white blood cells destroying pathogens in the lymph nodes.
It is essential to the body’s drainage system for cleansing and filtering out toxins and bacteria. This system is composed of lymph vessels (somewhat similar to arteries and veins), lymph nodes and organs. Part of the body’s defence system the lymph nodes remove microorganisms and other foreign substances. They act as a filtration system that keeps particulate matter, such as bacteria, from entering the bloodstream.
WHAT IS THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM?
WHAT IS LYMPH FLUID AND LYMPH FLOW?
The watery base in blood is a fluid mixture called plasma. As blood flows through the arteries, then the arterioles (smaller arteries), it finally reaches the capillaries (smallest of arteries). Here the blood plasma leaves the capillaries and carries oxygen and nutrients with it into the spaces outside the arterial network and in between the cells. At this point the red blood cells have remained behind and do not follow. Here, we no longer call it plasma, but rather interstitial fluid. Cellular wastes, toxins and pathogens like bacteria accumulate in the interstitial fluid and are accompanied with the flow of fluid movement into the lymph vessels, where we now call it lymph fluid. The fluid gradually moves upward passing through several lymph nodes (round capsules where white blood cells gather to destroy pathogens), before carrying its load back into the cardiovascular system via the Subclavian veins. Wastes are then carried in the bloodstream and removed by the liver.
Symptoms of a blocked Lymph system?
Aches, pains, swollen legs or feet, soreness and flu-like symptoms could all be caused by congested lymph pathways.
CAN THE LYMPH SYSTEM BE DAMAGED?
For the most part, lymphatic massage is SAFE! However, with all massage therapies, there is some contraindications. For lymphatic massage specifically, these include:
To get the best results from a lymphatic massage, seek out a suitably trained and qualified therapist.
A blocked lymph causes build-up of acids and the above mentioned ”conditions” are really just symptoms of over-acidity which follows. Where good lymph flow is blocked, acidic waste products build up causing high acid levels and the symptoms above.
Lymph Draining Massage will by creating lymph flow, help to reduce acid build up – some of which cause cellulite to form
Helps to enhance the tissue regeneration process by keeping the tissue as healthy as possible
Enhances circulation and immunity
Increased lymph flow draws away toxins improving the health of the tissues
Helps with breast cancer by eliminating toxin-carrying fluids
Excellent recovery for persons that suffered from any kind of stroke
Improving chronic conditions such as sinusitis and arthritis
Clearing areas of congestion such as swollen ankles, puffy eyes and swollen legs
Promotion of scar tissue healing, torn ligaments and sprains
Reduce pre-cancer toxin build-up
Lymphatic Massage – Is it safe?
Major heart problems
When can’t lymphatic massage be used?
WHAT IS LYMPHATIC MASSAGE?
The lymphatic system has no central pump and depends on muscle contraction through deep breathing, exercise and manual manipulation to move fluid. Lymphatic Massage manually moves fluids containing cellular waste products and micro-organisms into the bloodstream for expulsion. Lymphatic massage utilizes a firm pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. Immune system function can be significantly increased, improving metabolism and helping the body to eliminate wastes and toxins.
As with most massage, it is vital to drink lots of water after a lymphatic massage to flush away toxins that have been released.
Manual Lymphatic Massage (MLM) – What can it be used for?
Frequent cold and flu infections
Headache and migraine
Swollen legs and ankles