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What is Lymphatic Drainage?  
Welcome to the ‘Liquid Environment of the Human System’.

We need water to exist.  In fact, the very gasses we breathe transport into fluid and communicate throughout the cells which are surrounded by fluid.  Fluid we call 'lymph' is inside of vessels and flows through nodes.  There is interstitial fluid that is outside of the lymph system. 

Working the lymphatic system is moving fluid through the vessels by activating the peristalsis of the lymph vessels so the lymph can move in a wave like motion carrying toxins and remove them from the body.  Lymphatic drainage works in this water system with intent to integrate this dimension of function. 

When we feel 'congested' or 'bloated' there is possibility that the lymph system is overloaded, the fluid backs up.  As fluid flow slows down the liquid becomes more thick and gelatinous.  This will compromise the the immune system and restricts the ability for the cells of that system to find pathogens to remove from the body. 

Water is responsible for a great part of body weight estimated at about 60% or about 40 liters.  (1 liter = 1.052 quarts) This, of course, changes for various bodies, age, and gender.  Obese people often have lower total body water contend as fat mass does not contain much water. 40 liters of body water has two areas where the fluid is found.  Intracellular and extracellular. 

There is quite a lot to know about the lymphatic system which becomes quite involved.  I am an on hands therapist and much of the chemistry involved is known in a very simple manner. Basically, the technique to perform lymphatic drainage is done with very light pressure.  A skin stretching technique toward the cluster of nodes located at the ‘dump’ stations of the four quadrants of the body.  The fluid needs to be directed toward the appropriate quadrants.  Trained hands can detect rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow throughout the body.  Where there are stagnant areas the lymph can be redirected to flow out of the congested area.  This is also very good work to do when one feels bloated or sluggish, congested or low energy and tired. 

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT).

The nature of the lymphatic system often needs help from manual draining.  It helps recirculate body fluids, stimulate function of the immune system, balances autonomic nervous system.  As these systems are helped it can accompany assistance to the following conditions:

  • Reduces edemas and lymph-edemas of organs

  • Relieves chronic and subcutaneous inflammation such as acne, eczema, and allergies

  • Immune system is stimulated.

  • LDT helps regeneration of tissues from burns, post-surgical scarring. 

  • Detoxification of the body which is an important modality to do while detoxing the body.

  • Relief of chronic pain to some degree.

  • Creates deep relaxation that aids insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality or memory

  •  There is an anti-spastic action that can relieve conditions such as voluntary or involuntary muscle hyper tonus.

  • Reduces symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia

  • Helps alleviate adipose and cellulite tissue.

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