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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Lymphatic drainage therapy is a massage that promotes the circulation of the lymph fluid throughout the body. Scroll down to learn about this therapy.
The lymphatic system is a part of our body's immune system. It performs the vital task of maintaining the balance of bodily fluids. The lymphatic system consists of a network of super lymphatic capillaries, deep lymphatic capillaries, lymphatic vessels, ducts and lymph nodes. Lymph nodes that are scattered throughout our body act as filters and protect the body from the toxins and disease-causing agents. Besides filtering and flushing out toxins, microbes and waste materials, other vital lymphatic system functions include delivery of antibodies, immuno-competent cells and nutrients to the body.

If the lymphatic system is unable to perform its functions, one might suffer from serious health problems. The circulation of lymph fluid is dependent on the movement of muscles and arteries. Poor dietary habits, stress and sedentary lifestyle can affect the circulation of lymph fluid and cause blockages in the lymphatic system. Such blockages could lead to lymphatic system diseases. Lymphatic drainage therapy is an alternative healing therapy that is used for clearing the congestion and improving the drainage of lymph fluid.

What is Lymphatic Drainage

This is a therapy that involves the stimulation of the lymphatic vessels by way of employing specialized massage therapy techniques. Stimulation of the lymphatic vessels by massage helps in removing the toxins, metabolic waste products, disease-causing agents and extra lymph fluid. Though you must not have a heavy meal before a massage, but make sure you drink a lot of water. Since all the wastes and excess fluid will be drained off by way of urine, you need to keep yourself well-hydrated. If there are blockages in lymphatic system, one can seek the services of a therapist for clearing the congestion in the lymphatic system.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy

If you wish to get this massage, look for a certified therapist. The therapist must be aware of the flow of lymph and drainage areas. He/she must have an understanding of the structures of the lymphatic system and must be able to detect the affected drainage areas. Once, problem areas have been detected, the excess lymph fluid in the affected tissues has to be stimulated with the help of light rhythmic strokes. Such strokes help in pushing out the excess fluid from the tissues into the lymph capillaries. Right rhythm, frequency and direction of strokes on the affected area are very essential for the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system. Since this massage therapy requires precision in terms of rhythm, pumping techniques, direction and pressure, only a certified massage therapist will be able to clear the blockage. Only the right technique can facilitate the creation of new lymph drainage pathways.

If you are not too keen on getting a manual massage, you could use a machine for massaging the areas to stimulate the lymph nodes and clear the blockages in the lymphatic system. In case of the electro-lymph drainage, electric energy is used to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid. This therapy involves the creation of a negative energy charge for breaking up wastes or proteins that might be creating blockages in the lymphatic system. Symptoms of various health problems such as lymphedema, swollen lymph nodes, chronic fatigue, insomnia, edema, fibromyalgia, spasms and stress can be alleviated with the help of this therapy. This light rhythmic massage is definitely a stress relief massage. This massage therapy can also help in improving immune function.

If you are planning to undergo this therapy, do consult your doctor. Though the benefits of massage therapy are numerous, to reap these benefits, you need to find a certified massage therapist. If you are not very keen to get this massage done, you could also try herbal remedies. Under alternative healing therapies, use of some herbs is recommended for clearing the blockages in the lymphatic system. These herbs include basil, cleavers, red clover, marshmallow root, seaweed or dandelion. These must be used only under the guidance of a herbal practitioner.
By Smita Pandit
Published: 11/4/2010
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