It is a complicated network of vessels, ducts, and nodes that filters and moves fluid between the cells and tissues. Our body contains about 50% more lymphatic fluid than blood. Unlike the blood, whose circulation is driven by the pumping heart, the lymph does not have its own pump. It is propelled by three means: the movement of muscles, the nerves which create subtle pulsations, and the fluid pressure within the system. Therefore physical movement and deep breathing are vital to stimulate natural lymphatic drainage.
The lymphatic system works to accomplish 2 tasks. 1) accumulate excess fluid and take it back to the heart, and 2) it is an active immune system component designed to reduce/eliminate infections by means of lymphocytes. This lymph system “filters” out waste leaving the rest of the fluid to go back into general circulation. The lymph system is the body’s primary waste elimination system and functions as the body’s primary means of immune defense. Some refer to the lymphatic system as the “garbage disposal system”of the body.
This waste is composed of a multitude of dead cells (red blood cells, lymphocytes, infectious organisms, etc.) and all of this enters back into general circulation. From here the blood carries it to the liver where it is cleaned. The dead red blood cells are carried to the spleen, where they are broken down and the iron is stored while the other parts (bilirubin) is sent to the liver.
In the end, it all ends up back in the liver. The liver then gets rid of the waste in a multitude of ways. It can secrete it into bile, which then exits your body via the colon, or it can put it back into your bloodstream (albeit as a more water soluble form) where it is then filtered by your kidneys to pass in urine. You can also pass some waste through your skin and lungs as well.
Bile is secreted by your liver/gallbladder to help oils you eat mix with water so that it may be easier absorbed. And waste can be secreted into your intestines along with bile, to which it can be reabsorbed to end up ultimately back in the liver, or it can pass along with feces. (what probably most likely happens)
If the lymphatic system is congested, the lymphocytes can no longer do their job and our bodies become a virtual junkyard.
Who Needs Lymphatic Drainage?
The following conditions may suggest the need for lymphatic drainage:
- Bronchial Asthma
- Chronic Constipation
- Tension Headache
- Stress Reduction
- Post Stroke
- Injury to Muscles and Soft issue
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Post Surgery Recovery
- Lower Back Pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Lymphatic drainage massage is a very light pressure pumping touch (less than 9 ounces of pressure per square inch of skin), which allows the lymph to drain and flow better. It can improve lymphatic flow up to 20%! Resulting in the elimination of stored bacteria, viruses, proteins, cancer cells, and harmful substances. The outcome is the improved production of lymphocytes and a healthier immune system.
Lymphoplus, Lympho Code, Lymph 1 Acute, Lymph 2 Matrix, Lymph 3 Chronic, Parotid PMG and Spanish Black Radish are all powerful lymph drainage products. Please schedule an appointment if you need help deciding which is best for your situation.