Lymphatic Drainage

The Lymphatic or “Lymph” System consists of a network of vessels, tissues, ducts, nodes and fluid.  The vessels and capillaries are mostly situated along side your body's blood vessels.  Where you have blood circulating in your body, you also have lymph. 

The lymphatic system transports fluids throughout the body, removing toxins and wastes .

 

The Lymphatic or “Lymph” System is commonly known as “the garbage disposal system” of the body. It is often referred to as the “second circulatory system” and flows throughout the entire body. The Lymphatic System is a complex network of lymphoid organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, lymphatic tissues, lymph capillaries and lymph vessels that produce and transport lymph fluid from tissues to the circulatory system. The Lymphatic System is a major part of the immune system. It is through the Lymphatic System that toxic substances move out of the body through the bloodstream.

Why get a Lymphatic Drainage Treatment?

When your Lymphatic System is blocked or clogged, this creates a condition of stagnation which promotes fatigue and ill health. Some of the common symptoms include lumps, bumps, pain and swelling.

Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. If the lymph is not flowing well, the cells are poisoned from their own waste and the lymph fluid becomes a toxic cesspool, resulting in fatigue, swelling, infection, inflammation and disease. A combination of a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and a toxic environment all contribute to this backup. Rapid improvements in the quality of the cells and blood occur once easy lifestyle changes are made so that the lymphatic system is activated and working efficiently.

How does the Lymphatic System become clogged or blocked?

Unlike the blood circulatory system, the Lymphatic System has no pump to keep fluid flowing. Some causes of a blocked lymph system are due in part to stress, lack of exercise, improper diet and repressed communication.

What Backs Up the Lymph

  • Lack of Movement: Proper lymphatic flow requires deep breathing and body movement – the contraction of skeletal muscles force tiny one- way valves of the lymph system to open and close and push the fluid to the subclavian veins.
  • Dehydration: Being dehydrated can contribute to poor lymphatic drainage and cause lymphatic stagnation.
  • Stress: The waste products of stress-fighting hormones are acidic and an acidic body leads to lymph congestion.
  • Chronic Digestive Imbalance: Chronic constipation or diarrhea due to damaged intestinal villi promotes lymph congestion.
  • Processed Foods: An unhealthy diet, particularly one containing processed foods and bad fats, will lead to a sluggish lymphatic system.
  • Chemical Exposures: When your body is exposed to harmful chemicals in skin and body care products, cleaning products or pesticides, it may be unable to unload or detoxify immediately.

What are lymph nodes?

All the small and medium-sized lymph vessels open into lymph nodes which are situated in strategic positions throughout the body. The lymph drains through a number of nodes, usually 8 to 10, before returning to the blood. These nodes vary considerably in size: some as small as a pin head and the largest are about the size of an almond.

Lymph nodes are found throughout the body. The picture shows the positioning of some of the major groups of lymph nodes:

[1] Mastoid and Sub occipital nodes of the head
[2] Cervical lymph nodes of the neck
[3] Axillary lymph nodes under the arms
[4] Inguinal lymph nodes of the groin area
[5] Popliteal nodes behind the knee

An enlargement of these nodes is common in inflammation and malignant disease. As a result, palpation (feeling) of the neck, armpits and the groin area is an important part of clinical investigation. Lymph from the head and neck passes through deep and superficial cervical nodes.

1. What is the purpose and function of the Lymphatic System?

The Lymphatic system transports excess interstitial fluid out of the tissue and back to the bloodstream. It maintains blood volume homeostasis around body cells and assists movements of materials into and out of cells. It transports fat, proteins (including hormones) and nutrients around the body. It provides immunological defenses against disease causing agents.

2. What is the cause of stagnant lymph?

The main cause of stagnant lymph is stress. Followed by lack of exercise, improper diet, environmental toxins, trauma and infections.

3. What are the symptoms of stagnant lymph?

When the lymph system gets sluggish or blocked up it becomes a breeding ground for viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells. The accumulated toxins and debris lead to pain, lumps, bumps and swelling. Fatigue and ill health are often the result of a clogged or sluggish lymph system.

4. Who can benefit from Lymphatic Therapy?

Because the lymphatic system is involved with all the other systems of the body and because it is involved with prevention as well as healing a session with a lymphatic therapist would be good for everyone. Adults who come for Lymphatic Therapy are generally of two types. There are those who are accustomed to natural care and have an accute condition themselves or in their family or they may have a chronic condition for which conventional treatment has proved ineffective. There is another group of people who are among the walking unwell who are attracted to Lymphatic Therapy as part of an integrative approach to health and health maintenance, combining techniques and therapies as they are seeking a deeper understanding of their symptoms.

5. How does the Lymphstar Pro work?

The LymphStar works by dissociation of interstitial proteins via ionization. The ionization of the inert gases in the bulb is done intelligently by mimicking certain fundamental biological principals. (1) All biological energy occurs in bursts or impulses not in a linear line. So the LymphStar emits its energy in bursts, once per second. (2) The biological impulses are in dynamic flux to avoid accommodation. So in the LymphStar each burst is composed of randomized frequency “bits” that are constantly being rearranged so that the tissue will not accommodate. When the tissue accommodates the effect drops off.

6. What are the benefits of the Lymphstar Pro?

The LymphStar Pro works as a soft tissue decongestive. The effect of the ionization causes proteins to separate from themselves and release their bond on any water that they are binding in the soft tissue. Thus the release of soft tissue edema (excess water retention) and allowing waste products and toxins to slowly erode and safely flow out of the body through normal channels. Since the lymph system is the information highway and the structural matrix of the immune system, LymphStar Pro therapy greatly enhances immune response. It will increase the immunoglobulin activity and increase CD-8 count significantly.

7. Who needs therapy with the Lymphstar Pro?

There are many anecdotal testimonials from users of the LymphStar Pro confirming improved conditions in many aspects of health and healing including localized and full blown edema, fibrotic conditions and swollen lymph nodes. Many have reported specific improvement following therapy in conditions such as breast pain, breast lumps, PMS, and female specific problems, inflammation, chronic pain, joint aches, allergies, sinus and respiratory disorders, headaches, hormone imbalance, prostate problems and male specific problems, toxic conditions, immune and fatigue syndromes, auto-immune disorders and rehabilitation from surgery and injury. There are also many benefits for cosmetic enhancement and beautification of the body.

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DRY SKIN BRUSHING

An effective technique for aiding the body and its need for daily detoxification is to practice skin brushing. When you do skin brushing, you help the lymphatic system to cleanse the body and rid itself of toxins. The gentle sweeping strokes encourages the discharge of metabolic wastes along with the removal of the toxic influences from soaps, skin creams, antiperspirants and promotes healthy skin.

The brush used should be a long-handled bath type brush. It should contain only natural vegetable bristles. Synthetic bristles should be avoided as they may scratch or irritate the skin. The brush should be kept dry and not used for bathing.

When one performs skin brushing, the body should be dry for proper effect. Wet skin may allow sliding while dry skin brushing gently stretches the skin promoting lymph flow and the sloughing off of dead skin cells. The brush should pass over every part of the body, always toward the heart. A special complexion quality brush, with softer bristles, should be used on the face, breast, and other sensitive parts of the body. Use long sweeping strokes, no rubbing, no scrubbing, no back and forth motion; just gentle, sweeping motions toward the heart. The proper direction of skin brushing is essential to effective lymph flow as the lymphatics are made up of one way valves. Proper pressure is also a factor, the lymphatic system responds to gentle strokes. If the skin turns red you are using too much pressure.

Brush up the arms toward the shoulders. Brush up the back toward the shoulders. Brush down the neck toward the shoulders. Brush up the chest, starting around the belly button, up the center of the chest and up and around the breast and up under the arms. Then brush up the legs starting with the soles of the feet, then up the lower leg to knee, then upper leg to groin and groin to belly button. This is the direction lymph flows in the body. Skin brushing should be performed once or twice daily, just prior to bathing. A complete skin brushing takes no more than five minutes.

You should follow your skin brushing with a warm bath or shower and a cool rinse at the end to invigorate blood circulation.