Lymph drainage

November 12, 2012

Lymph drainage

Lymph drainage is type of therapy in the form of massage, which aims to promote a healthy lymphatic system.

What is lymph drainage?

The lymphatic system is a complex network of blood vessels and ducts that plays an important role in maintaining the bodies over all health. It is this system that is responsible for the movement of fluid around the body as well keeping toxins away from healthy cells and provides cells with defence when they come under attack by viruses. Lymph drainage is a kind of holistic therapy that intends to aid the drainage system though allowing the fluids to flow as freely as possible.

Who perform lymph drainage?

Lymph drainage is primarily a manual massage that is performed by a specially trained lymphatic drainage therapist. During the masse they will focus on specific areas of the body as well as the lymph nodes. There is also a natural flow line of the flow of the system, which the therapist will follow. Lymph drainage massage uses techniques that differ from those used in other forms of massage and the rhythm and kinds of strokes used are thought to stimulate the movement of fluid throughout the body.

Most people who have experienced this kind of massage have found the hand movements to be very relaxing and the entire session to be pleasurable. Experts in lymph drainage believe that promotion of the system also help to reduce blockages, increasing the overall health of the body.

The meaning of a blocked lymphatic system

If a blockage occurs in the lymphatic system it can cause the lymph nodes to swell up. Additionally the body’s ability to remove the toxins from the blood stream can have a number of effects including a decreased number of white blood cells. The massage therapy known as lymph drainage prevent blockages form occurring through promoting the flow of fluids. A healthy lymphatic system also promotes healthy functioning of other parts of the body including the respiratory, circulatory, muscular and endocrine systems. There are some medical conditions that are believed to be directly helped though lymph drainage such as lymphederma. This is a medical condition, whereby the development of a blockage leads to swelling in the arms or legs. There are further beliefs that symptoms of allergies, menstrual cramps and the common cold can all be relieved through lymph drainage. Having said this, it is generally considered to be a preventative action and the development of any symptoms should be seen to and treated by a physician.

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