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Your Lymphatic System
The Keystone of Your Immune System

Your lymphatic system cleans up the waste products in your body and produces the germ fighting cells needed to keep you healthy.  The majority of this system is located between your skin and muscles and links directly to your circulatory system and brain.  

Unlike your circulatory system, there is no pump (heart) to keep the lymphatic system flowing.  Instead, it relies on your movement.  Moderate exercise, stretching, and even deep breathing are what keep it functioning. However, there are times that the load becomes too much for it to function properly and swelling and infection can occur. 




 

How Lymphatic Drianage Massage Works
Evidence Based Practice


Lymphatic Drainage Massage gently pushes this waste fluid through the lymph vessels into the lymph nodes where it's cleaned and returned to the circulatory system.  This gets it away from your surgery site and helps your body to feel better, function better, and heal faster.

While you will feel some improvement immediately following your session, the purpose of lymphatic drainage massage is to stimulate your immune system to help you HEAL better.  The full results of a treatment won't usually be felt until the body has had time to process the work that was stimulated by the massage, about 24-48 hours later.

Manually stimulating the lymphatic system will:
- Increase the carrying capacity of the lymph system, allowing it to process up to 10 times more fluid than normal.
- Increase the flow through the lymph nodes, filtering out waste products, dead cells,excess proteins and toxins from the tissues.
- Increase the production of lymphocytes, thereby increasing the body's ability to fight infections.
- Activate the parasympathetic response, which produces a body-wide relaxation effect.
(Laird, Massage Today, Aug. 2012 Vol. 12, Issue 08)

Dr. Field of the Touch Research Institute, University of Miami, states, "There’s not a single condition we’ve looked at—including cancer—that hasn’t responded positively to massage. Just adding massage makes such an incredible difference. In everything we’ve done, massage is significantly effective.”
 

Getting Started
How to get the most from your sessions

A Lymphatic Drainage Massage is slow, repetitive, and very light pressure.  Like all massage, it works by increasing circulation throughout the body.  It is very important that you are hydrated before, during, and after your sessions.  For bodywork purposes you need to drink half your body weight in ounces each day for 2 days before your appointment:

                                            150 lb person =  75 ounces of water

Broth soups, herbal teas, and clear fruit juice all count toward your fluid intake, but purified water does the job best.  It is also highly recommended to avoid alcohol while receiving lymphatic treatments.


To help your lymphatic function at its best you can also: 
     -practice deep breathing
     -do some gentle stretching
     -conversational, "no-sweat" paced walking for 20 minutes twice a day (if 20 minuted is too much, do what you          can, some is better than none.)
     -avoid salty and fried foods
     -eat plenty of fresh pineapple (crushed), melons, and berries
     -try adding grated tumeric root to a salad or smoothie


Plan on taking it easy the rest of the day after your appointment.  Although you will be feeling better, your body needs to be able to focus on processing the work that was done.  Strenuous exercise, becomming overheated, stressed, or dehydrated will be counterproductive.

If you are in a treatment series, it is important to you stick to the schedule of treatment sessions.  They are intentionally spaced to get you the best results.

If you have any questions or need more information, call us!  (214) 800-9832