What is the Lymphatic System?
The Lymphatic System is responsible for cleansing our muscles, tissues and organs and carrying out the metabolic waste that runs through our body. Metabolic waste in the Lymphatic System consists of water, glucose, salts, proteins, fats, white blood cells and other cellular debris.
Primarily undetected lymph delicately flows below the surface of the skin, and deep within the body. Superficially you may have noticed lymph nodes around your neck, groin, or arm pits. Lymph also has major pathways that flow deep within the body around the heart and lungs. Lymph nodes are primarily found from the head to the knee while the system flows throughout the entire body.
White blood cells called Lymphocytes are produced and stored within the lymph nodes. Our bodies contain an average of 500-700 lymph nodes. Lymphocyte cells are distributed throughout the lymph fluid and internally bathe our body regularly to fight infection and disease.
Lymph typically flows at a rate of 10-12 bpm. Following an hour long (MLD) Manual Lymphatic Drainage session the lymph will flow at 100-120 bpm for about 48 hours post treatment.
Who are Lymphatic Drainage Treatments good for?
Edema can happen for many reasons and it is necessary to correct the cause of edema first. A trained therapist will be able to tell if the lymph vessels are functioning properly, but the system can’t handle the excessive liquid in the tissue. MLD can assist drainage with traumatic issues: knee injury, sprains, strains, fractures (pre & post cast), as well as facial paralysis, neuralgia, edema’s associated with autoimmune, IBS, esthetic, CFS, fatigue in general, headaches, detoxification, gerontology, gynecology and many more, please contact me if you have any questions. This treatment is very good for elderly people because of its profound effects on tissue regeneration and oxygenation, immune system stimulation, stress release, and health maintenance. Because it has very gentle and calming effects it is popular with the elderly. It can also have a positive effect with cerebral degeneration and memory loss.
Clients who are familiar with the Lymphatic System will also come in just to simply stimulate the flow of the lymph to prevent illness or infection. Essentially everyone can benefit from stimulating the lymph, especially those who are wanting to detox their systems.