The lymphatic system is a key player in our bodies when it comes to the prevention of many diseases. The primary role of the lymphatic system is to filter and remove any toxins from our bodies. Lymphatic drainage can also aid in the reduction of symptoms people have when suffering from allergies. Our immune system is responsible for the protection from illness. When our lymphatic system is functioning normally, our immune system also works properly. Stimulation of the lymphatics via lymphatic massage is effective in enhancing the performance of the lymphatic system.
A massage therapist is specifically trained in the configuration of the lymphatic system. The therapist knows the exact amount of pressure that needs to be applied onto and around the lymph nodes. With the gentle application of pressure, the muscles and tissues that surround that area of treatment relax. With the relaxation of the tissues, drainage can occur more efficiently and effectively.
This specific type of massage is performed to help remove the buildup of excess fluid in the body. This can help prevent the occurrence of disease, which is an important consideration especially when faced with an auto-immune issue. Using a soft technique, the targeted areas that appear swollen are massage. Swollen lymph nodes can be painful when touched. Lymphatic massage will help to drain these distended nodes. Other advantages of massage lymphatic drainage are:
- Sinus pressure relief
- Reduction in size of lymph nodes
- An acceleration of drainage
Though there are many positives to these types of massages, there are possible negatives as well. People who suffer certain diseases should avoid massage of the lymph nodes. For example, people with reduced kidney function, are not considered to be suitable candidates. Additionally, when the lymphatic system is stimulated through massage, it can cause excessive thirst and fatigue. People who drive machinery should take this into account before having this type of massage. Other drawbacks can include:
- Negation of relieving pressure.
- Persistent pain.
- Possible fluctuation in sugar level and heart rate.
Massage affects not only the body, but the mind as well. When considering massage for lymphatic therapy, be certain you are a suitable candidate.