16 May 2012
It is essential for those who provide lymphatic drainage treatments and therapy to understand the lymphatic system in detail. The lymphatic system is a complex and interconnected internal network composed of vessels and ducts that carry fluids throughout the body. These networks are responsible for waste management – moving and eliminating toxins and unhealthy substances from the body. They are also responsible for healing and delivering chemicals necessary to fight infection and viruses and repair damaged cells. While fluid can move freely through the lymphatic system, one shortcoming is that the lymphatic system is not able to pump or move substances on its own, but is more of a drainage system.
The lymphatic system relies on the movement of surrounding muscles to move lymph (the substance containing mostly protein, interstitial fluid and white blood cells) through the body and to the cardiovascular system. Lymphatic drainage concerns assisting the lymphatic system in removing harmful substances by assisting in the manual pumping of lymphatic vessels and ducts.
A lymphatic drainage massage or therapy session is designed to address the free-flowing lymphatic system and specific points on the body known as lymph nodes –collections of lymphatic vessels that filter and collect foreign and harmful particles traveling through the lymphatic system.
Lymphatic drainage can reduce blockages in the lymphatic system that result in swelling and pain to promote a cleaner more efficient immune system and better overall health. While drainage is generally thought of as safe and preventative medicine, it can often espouse swollen lymph glands that can signify more serious problems and are often people’s first warning for a number of health concerns. When the system does not properly remove toxins it may affect the body’s white blood cell count.
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