The lymphatic system is our waste disposal system apart of the circulatory system. It is a secondary pathway to the heart, and runs parallel to the venous system. The purpose of the lymphatic system is to move fluids through the body and return them to the circulatory system. This process of clearing away bacteria, cell debris, excess water, proteins and waste from the connective tissue, and returning them to the bloodstream for ultimate removal by the kidneys is a very vital process.
Lymph is a free-ranging interstitial fluid that originates in the connective tissue lying directly underneath the skin and enters into the lymph capillaries. On the tissue level, lymph capillaries are very fine and gradually increase in size into big lymphatic collectors called ducks and trunks.
The lymphatic system functions to collect proteins, molecules, and pathogens that are too large to return to the blood. These particles are filtered through the lymph nodes, which acts as a purification center, and then rejoins the blood near the junction of the sublcavian and jugular veins (near the adams apple).
The purification of the lymphatic system is very important, because if anything blocks lymphatic return, blood protein and osmotic pressure falls below normal levels and fluid imbalance and death can occur within 24-48 hours. Lymphoid tissue also produces lymphocytes (white blood cells) which are important in the immune process as well.
Now that we know how important the lymphatic system is; it is no wonder why Lymphatic Drainage Massage is so very important.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle massage promoting lymph flow in the direction in which lymphatic lymph fluid circulates. Long and continuous gentle gliding strokes help to push trapped lymph fluid along in patients with edema, circulation disturbances, inflammation, and overall toxicity.
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage include
• Increases immunity
• Pain management
• Activates the parasympathetic nervous system (causing relaxation)
• Promotes healing after surgery
• Treats edema
Immediately after a lymphatic drainage massage patients have mentioned feeling clean, light, relaxed, energized, clear headed, and have a strong desire to urinate.
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