The Lymphatic System
In our body, the lymphatic system is built of a network of organs and tissues consisting of delicate nodes, vessels and tubes. Its function is to collect and eliminate waste produced by cells, along with toxins, bacteria and viruses. As these substances go through the lymphatic system and nodal areas, there are special cells called lymphocytes that attack and eliminate them including viruses, bacteria and cancer cells.
The Benefits of Having A Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Such an important system that helps maintain our viability, however due to various factors, sometimes the lymphatic system struggles to function properly resulting in swollen and puffy tissues. The reasons can range from damages due to surgery, accident, illness or infection. On the other hand, lifestyle choices, diet and exercise can also negatively affect its function.
Lymphatic massage or lymphatic drainage is massage treatment performed by a trained lymphatic massage therapist using gentle massage effleurage strokes. This aims to aid in the circulation of lymph fluid insides the body and rapidly speed up the wastes and toxins removal from a stagnant lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage can also aid in swelling prevention due to injury or surgery. Furthermore, it may even contribute to a significant boost to the immune system.
What Conditions May Benefit from a Lymphatic Massage
Some of the conditions that may benefit from lymphatic drainage massage include:
- Legs or arms chronic fluid retention.
- Pre or post-surgery swelling of a limb
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Depression & Anxiety
- Hormonal & emotional imbalances
- Cellulite fat accumulation.
- Colds, flu, tonsillitis, sinus & yeast infections.