The lymphatic system is an important part of the circulatory system that provides oxygen and nutrients to the cells. Its role is in cleaning and nourishing the cells of the body. It plays an important role by in general and overall health and well-being. Lymph is the clear, interstitial fluid that surrounds the cells made of proteins, plasma and fats that provides nutrients to the cells. Lymph vessels remove waste and excess fluid from the cells and carry them to lymph nodes to be filtered and then lymph is returned to the circulatory system. The waste and debris is removed by the kidney, which further filter, process and excrete the waste in the urine. Fluid intake, nutrition and exercise all affect lymphatic drainage.
If the lymphatic system isn’t draining properly, swollen ankles and legs, headache, and inflammation can occur. When the lymphatic system isn’t functioning well, people generally don’t feel well. The symptoms can be alleviated with lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage massage promotes the flow of lymph through the system and results in an improved appearance of the skin, less frequent and painful headaches, reduced swelling and quicker healing. People also experience overall improved health and sense of well-being. There are many reasons for poor lymphatic drainage including:
- Lack of exercise or poor diet
- Environmental and dietary toxins
- Injury or surgery
Immunity and every part of the body is influenced by the lymphatic system because cells everywhere in the body needs nourishment and cleansing. To better facilitate the lymphatic flow and enjoy the benefits of lymphatic drainage, find a practitioner of manual lymphatic drainage, a gentle massage technique that provides skin level stimulation because the lymph nodes are very close to the surface of the skin. This special form of massage is designed to help fluids move back toward the heart and rejoin the circulatory system.
How It Works
The gentle, rhythmic massage usually starts at the neck to clear away the excess fluids and open the pathways for lymph to flow from lower parts of the body into the space created. The muscles surrounding lymph nodes moves the lymph from the tissue back into the circulatory system to complete its cycle back to the heart to be replenished and further for the waste to be remove by the kidneys then excreted. The manual lymphatic drainage massage technique provides many benefits. Lymphatic drainage benefits include decongestion of the tissue, relaxation, the relief of pain and the overall feeling of being in a more healthy state of well-being. If you are feeling tired, experiencing unexplained headache and other pains in the extremity, and seeing signs in your skin or scar tissue, maybe you too can experience the benefits of improved health and well being.