Lymph Drainage Therapy

The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances and maintain a healthy immune system (Asdonk,1970, Adair & Guyton, 1982). It is a complex system comprised primarily of lymph vessels and nodes working in cooperation to accomplish these tasks. Unlike the circulatory system, which uses the pumping of the heart to circulate its blood flow, lymph vessels rely upon hundreds of tiny muscular units (lymphangions) contracting through out the body to propel lymph flow (Mislin, 1961). These contractions enable the lymph vessels to transport numerous substances (i.e. , proteins, toxins, hormones, fatty acids, immune cells) to lymph nodes, which can then process them. The action of these muscular units can be hindered or stopped, due to surgery, trauma, bums, infections, substantial swelling, fatigue, stress, or age. When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate, and cellular functioning is significantly compromised (Adair, Guyton, 1982). This may open the way to many physical ailments and hasten the aging process.

 

Due to the nature and role of the lymphatic system, Lymph Drainage Therapy can prove beneficial in the correction of numerous conditions as well as in preventive health maintenance. In essence, Lymph Drainage Therapy works to help recirculate body fluids, stimulate functioning of the immune system, and promote a state of relaxation and balance within the autonomic nervous system. It is shown that when these actions are accomplished, the results may be:

  • Reduction in edemas (swelling) and lymphedemas of many origins.
  • Regeneration of tissues (e.g., from burns and pre-post-surgical scarring) and anti-aging effects
  • Relief of chronic inflammation and conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies
  • Reduction in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Relief of chronic pain – Detoxification of the body
  • Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression, stress, loss of vitality, and loss of memory
  • Antispastic actions to relieve conditions such and voluntary or involuntary muscle hypertonus
  • Alleviation of adiposis and cellulite tissue

Lymph Drainage Therapy involves the use of gentle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of body fluids and involves extremely light pressure: 5 grams or the weight of a nickel. For clients, the process is very enjoyable and induces deep states of relaxation.